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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    86378

  • Description

    Clay tablet with two columns of inscription. Astronomical treatise, tablet 1 of the series MUL.APIN ("the plough star") which includes a list of the three divisions of the heavens, the dates (in the ideal 360-day year) of the rising of principal stars and of those which rise and set together, and the constellations in the path of the moon; nearly complete.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1000BC-500BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.25 inches
    • Width: 2.375 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Language

        Akkadian
  • Bibliography

    • Weidner E F 1924a bibliographic details
    • Papke W 1980a 193-204 bibliographic details
    • King 1913a 41-46 (photograph) bibliographic details
    • Oelsner J 1986a p 219 bibliographic details
    • King, CT 33 pls 1-8 (copy) bibliographic details
    • Kugler F X 1913a pp 1-72 and 141ff bibliographic details
    • Hunger H & Pingree D 1989a pp 17-69 bibliographic details
    • Bezold 1913a pp 18-37 bibliographic details
    • Weidner E F 1915a pp 35-51 and 141-153 bibliographic details
    • van der Waerden B L 1949a pp.20-21 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 March 12-August 30, Italy, Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 'Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope'
    1995 7 Jul-22 Oct, London, The British Library, The Earth and the Heavens: the Art of the Mapmaker
    1990 6 May-9 Dec, Austria, Linz, Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, Mensch und Kosmos

    Previously exhibited successively in the Babylonian Room and in the Room of Wriitng.

  • Condition

    Fair / poor; nearly complete; rather abraded on the reverse.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1899

  • Acquisition notes

    The register includes a note in pencil suggesting that this tablet may not properly belong in the 1899,0610 collection. The contemporary Deposit book had recorded the arrival of 102 tablets and one prism, not the 100 tablets subsequently registered.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    86378

  • Registration number

    1899,0610.108

Clay tablet with two columns of inscription. Astronomical treatise, tablet 1 of the series Mul-Apin ("the plough star") which includes a list of the three divisions of the heavens, the dates (in the ideal 360-day year) of the rising of principal stars and of those which rise and set together, and the constellations in the path of the moon; nearly complete.

Clay tablet with two columns of inscription. Astronomical treatise, tablet 1 of the series Mul-Apin ("the plough star") which includes a list of the three divisions of the heavens, the dates (in the ideal 360-day year) of the rising of principal stars and of those which rise and set together, and the constellations in the path of the moon; nearly complete.

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