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The Rassam Cylinder / Library of Ashurbanipal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Rassam Cylinder

    Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Clay cylinder: ten-sided cylinder inscribed in cuneiform with the annals of Ashurbanipal. It represents the most complete record of Ashurbanipal’s annals, and describes nine campaigns against various enemies, his rebuilding of the 'bīt ridûti’ of Sennache

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 636BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48.89 centimetres
    • Diameter: 20.32 centimetres
    • Width: 6.35 centimetres (average column)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed in 1304 lines with the 1st-9th campaigns of Ashurbanipal, and the construction of buildings in Nineveh.
  • Curator's comments

    Found close to the the so-called 'Cylinder A' (or Cylinder B).

  • Bibliography

    • Bezold 1896a bibliographic details
    • Luckenbill 1927b §§ 793-840 bibliographic details
    • Rassam H 1897a p.33, pl. opp. p.218 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1976 p.35, pl.I bibliographic details
    • CDLI P421807 ( bibliographic details
    • Budge 1880a pp. ix-x bibliographic details
    • Guide 1922 pp.228-9, pl.xlix bibliographic details
    • Streck M 1916a vol.1, p.xix; vol.2, pp.1-91 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/wp71/sh6

  • Exhibition history


    Enlightenment gallery, from Nov 2003.

    G89/ASSB/3, until spring 2002
    1999, London, BM, 'Cracking Codes'

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 12168
  • Joined objects

Clay cylinder, 10 sides, Ashurbanipal annals 1st - 9th campaigns, buildings in Nineveh, 1304 lines of inscription, Neo-Assyrian.

Clay cylinder, 10 sides, Ashurbanipal annals 1st - 9th campaigns, buildings in Nineveh, 1304 lines of inscription, Neo-Assyrian.

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