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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fired clay foundation cylinder of Nabonidus; Nabonidus was a king with a particular interest in ancient traditions; this document records the pious reconstruction of temples to the Moon god at Harran and to the sun god and the goddess Anunitum at Sippar; during the work at Sippar, inscriptions of the older kings Naram Sin and Shagarakti Shuriash were discovered, and Nabonidus offers dates for them considerably exaggerating their age; 3cols; 53 + 65 + 51 ll.


  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 555BC-540BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.86 centimetres
    • Diameter: 9.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

  • Bibliography

    • Leichty E 1986a p.212 bibliographic details
    • Allen 2005a p.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    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


COMPASS Image Caption: Other side of cylinder


COMPASS Image Caption: Other side of cylinder

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