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Library of Ashurbanipal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Fragment of a Neo-Assyrian clay tablet: containing 4 columns + 3 lines of inscription written in cuneiform. This is a fragment of the standard list of Late Assyrian cuneiform signs, Syllabary A, with fanciful drawings of the pictures which the scribe imag

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13.33 centimetres
    • Width: 7.62 centimetres
    • Thickness: 3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        Genre: scholarly, lexical, Syllabary A, Palaeographic Text.
  • Curator's comments

    B. Landsberger, ‘Materialien zum sumerischen Lexicon’ vol. III (Rome, 1955), 10;
    W. Houghton, ‘On the hieroglyphic or picture origin of the characters of the Assyrian syllabary’. ‘Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 6 (London, 1878), 454-83.May join ND 3411.

  • Bibliography

    • Bezold 1893a bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Reade 1995a 219 bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Reade 1994a 219 bibliographic details
    • MSL 3 p. 10: PC bibliographic details
    • CDLI P397667 ( bibliographic details
  • Location

    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 names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Part of a clay tablet, 4 columns + 3 lines of inscription, neo-Assyrian.

Part of a clay tablet, 4 columns + 3 lines of inscription, neo-Assyrian.

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