- Museum number
- Series: Library of Ashurbanipal
Clay tablet, mythological, concerning the god according to the colophon, Erra Epic V 1-60, 71 lines of inscription, mentions the land of Akkad, out of the middle of obverse a considerable piece is broken out; the last lines of obverse are entirely defaced and obliterated, and the ends of the lines are mutilated throughout, belonging to the 5th tablet of the series, Neo-Assyrian.
- Production date
- 7thC BC
Length: 14.40 centimetres (complete)
Thickness: 2.40 centimetres
Width: 7.70 centimetres (incomplete)
- Curator's comments
- This tablet gives the Babylonian account known as the Legend of Era, the plague god, who slew many Babylonians after the withdrawal of the god Marduk from the city of Babylon and despite the intervention of Ishum. Era is finally assuaged and regretting his action asks Ishum to attend to the welfare of Babylon.
Cf. MacKenzie, H.M. (ed.), 1887. ‘The Babylonian & Oriental Record: a monthly magazine of the antiquities of the East’, vol. I, p. 12.
On a similar text see K. 2619.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 17 Jan-31 Dec, Israel, Jerusalem, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem : A Capital for all Times. Royal Cities of the Biblical World
Room of Writing, case 5 (until Mar 1992)
- Middle East
- Registration number