A Seal with a History


published on 24 August 2017

This clay tablet records several inscriptions found on an old lapis lazuli cylinder seal. The seal had belonged first to the Kassite king Shagarakti-Shuriash (reigned 1245-1233 BCE) in Babylon. It was taken to Assyria; later it was returned to Babylon, where it was rediscovered by the Assyrian king Sennacherib (reigned 708-681 BCE). Probably 689 BCE. From Nineveh, Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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