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Library of Ashurbanipal

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  • Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Nearly complete clay prism, in octagonal form, eight columns of inscription, the lines of Columns VII and VIII are well preserved, those of Columns I-IV partly, and those of Columns V and VI considerably mutilated, after Column VII, line 38, and between lines 87 and 88 of Column VIII, some blank space is left, inscription of Tiglathpileser I, describing his campaigns and buildings.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 40 centimetres
    • Width: 17.78 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Comment

        Eight columns, with 90, .96, 94, 98, 31, 88, 89, 89 lines, in 5, 7, 8, 5, — (?), 7, 8, 8 sections respectively, with very clear Assyrian characters.
  • Curator's comments

    On the discovery of this and two other Tiglath-pileser I prisms at Assur by Layard and Rassam see Rassam 1897a, 20.The text of the inscription is principally the same as that of K. 1621a (q.v.), in the edition of which some of its variant readings are added. The beginnings of Columns II-VIII correspond to the following lines of K. 1621 a respectively : Column II, line 9 ('ana'); Column III, line 17; Column IV, line 16; Column V, line 30 ('ana'); Column VI, line 22 ('narkabâti'); Column VII, line 9 ('utammiḫû'); Column VIII, line 1.


  • Bibliography

    • Bezold 1889a p.319-320 bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A. bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/wp71/sh3

  • Exhibition history


    G89/ASSB/3, until spring 2002 Enlightenment gallery, from Nov 2003

  • Associated names

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  • Department

    Middle East

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