- Museum number
- Series: Library of Ashurbanipal
Fragments of a clay tablet: containing a nearly complete copy of the seventh tablet of the series Maqlu, 'Burning', written in cuneiform.
- Production date
Length: 20.32 centimetres
Thickness: 3 centimetres
Width: 13.33 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The Maqlu series is the most important source for the study of witchcraft in Mesopotamia. Its eight tablets contain a manual for the ceremony to be used in burning a figurine to dispel the effects of witchcraft and the complete text of all the incantations to be recited during the ceremony. In this, its latest, version the ceremony was probably performed in the month of Abu, beginning at night and being concluded on the following morning. The seventh tablet contains fourteen incantations, marked off from each other by ruled lines.
G. Meier, ‘Die assyrische Beschwörungssammlung Maqlû’ (‘Archiv für Orientforschung, Beihaft 2), (Berlin, 1937), 46-53.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
- Associated titles
Inscription from: Maqlu (7th Tablet)
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Joined objects
Joined Tablet Group: G11881 (3 objects)