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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Clay tablet; New Babylonian. Chronicle for years 605-594 BC.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 550BC-400BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.25 centimetres
    • Width: 6.19 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

  • Curator's comments

    Babylonian Chronicle

    This historical chronicle describes Nebuchadnezzar’s first campaign against Jerusalem in 597 BC. The tablet covers the period of 12 years from the 21st
    year of Nabopolassar (605 BC, which was also Nebuchadnezzar’s accession year), through to the 11th year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign.

    This famous object was moulded for casting by Mr Prescott and returned 1/4/65 (Objects to Lab, 6 May 1958-31 December 1970).


  • Bibliography

    • Sigrist M et al 1996a bibliographic details
    • Drews 1975a bibliographic details
    • British Museum 2011a p.188, cat.162 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G55/dc7

  • Exhibition history


    2013 - 2014 22 June - 6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'

    2013: 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'

    2012: 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'

    2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'

    2008-2009 13 Nov-15 Mar, BM, G35, 'Babylon: Myth and Reality'
    2008 26 Jun-5 Oct, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum-Pergamonmuseum, 'Babylon, Myth and Truth'

    2008 14 Mar-2 Jun, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 'Babylon'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number



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