- Museum number
Fired clay brick; Nebuchadnezzar II no. 40; cuneiform inscription stamped on face in three lines; also has a stamped Aramaic inscription and two double ridges across each edge of the brick.
Length: 33.50 centimetres
Width: 32.50 centimetres
Depth: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Many thousands of the king’s bricks bore a message with his name and titles. The huge demand for them led to the revival of brick stamps, in which a cuneiform
inscription cut in reverse would produce a readable text when applied to the damp clay of the brick. One of the workmen, Zabina’, has spelled his name in Aramaic
alphabetic letters before the clay dried: zbn’.
P – CIS II/1, pl. IV no. 54; C – VS 1 48; T & Tr – Langdon, VAB 4, 202-3 nr. 40; B – Berger, AOAT 4/1, 179-182, and de Meyer, Tell ed-Der II 157; Pr – Babylon, Cutha, Isin, Sippar, Seleucia, Susa and Tell ed-Der.
Measurements given in CBF Walker (1981), 'Cuneiform Brick Inscriptions in the British Museum': 35/32 x 35/31.5 x 8/7 cm (indicates range of sizes attested on the Nebuchadnezzar no. 40 bricks catalogued).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 6 Nov-2 Aug, New York, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftmanship and the Creation of the Ishtar Gate
2013-2014 22 June - 6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'
2013: 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2012: 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
2008-2009 13 Nov-15 Mar, BM, G35, 'Babylon: Myth and Reality'
- Acquisition notes
- This registration was given to all bricks in the British Museum's collection which had BM numbers but no identifiable registration, except for those lately registered in the 75-7-25 collection. Almost all of them will have been acquired in the 19th century, since the numbers in the series BM 90000-90825 seem to have been allocated in the late 1890's.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: br.122 (exhibition number)