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Cylinder

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Neo-Babylonian Period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar I
604–562 B.C.


Object Place: Babylon

Dimensions

Overall: 17 x 8.4 cm (6 11/16 x 3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

44.658

Medium or Technique

Pottery

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Inscriptions

Clay cylinder of King Nebuchadnezzar II (reigned 604-562 B.C.) with cuneiform writing. The inscription on this cylinder records the restoration by Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon, of the temple of the god Lugalmarada in the town of Marad. The text reveals that during the restoration, it was discovered that the ancient lower courses of the structure had been laid by Naram-Sin, king of Akkad, more than sixteen hundred years earlier.

Provenance

By 1944: with E. S. David, Long Island City, New York; 1944: purchased by the MFA from E. S. David for $500.
(Accession Date: June 8, 1944)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund