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Library of Ashurbanipal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Clay barrel cylinder, inscription of Sargon II, 67 lines of inscription, Neo-Assyrian.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 22.5 centimetres
    • Width: 22.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 13 centimetres
    • Weight: 2395 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        67 mostly well preserved lines, in 9 sections, with very clear Assyrian characters. Chronicle of expeditions of Sargon
  • Curator's comments

    No. 3 in a previously issued series of postcards captioned "Assyrian monuments bearing on Bible history in the British Museum".See also Oppert, J., 1863. ‘Expédition scientifique en Mésopotamie exécutée par ordre du gouvernement de 1851 à 1854 par Mm. Fulgence Fresnel, Félix Thomas, et Jules Oppert’ vol. I. Paris : Imprimerie impériale, Vol. I, p. 353 ff.; Menant, J. 1874. ‘Annales des rois d’Assyrie traduites’. Paris: Maisonneuve et cie., p. 199 ff.; and Peiser, in Schrader, E. ‘Keilinschriftliche Bibliothek / Sammlung von Assyrischen und Babylonischen Texten in umschrift und übersetzung’ Vol. II. Berlin : Reuther's Verlagsbuchhandlung, pp. 38 ff.


  • Bibliography

    • Sigrist M et al 1996a bibliographic details
    • Lyon 1883 bibliographic details
    • Oppert 1870 bibliographic details
    • Rawlinson H C & Norris E 1861a 36 bibliographic details
    • Bezold 1889a p.331 bibliographic details
    • CDLI P393971 ( bibliographic details
    • Winckler 1889b Vol. II, pl.43a bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    Babylonian Room, Table-case D

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


Clay barrel cylinder, of Sargon II, 67 lines of inscription, Neo-Assyrian.

Clay barrel cylinder, of Sargon II, 67 lines of inscription, Neo-Assyrian.

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