The Sun God Tablet or the Tablet of Shamash from Sippar

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 March 2018
The Sun God Tablet or the Tablet of Shamash from Sippar

The Sun God tablet was excavated by Hormuzd Rassam in the late 19th century CE. The upper part of the tablet has a carved panel. Nabu-nadin-shum (a priest) and the goddess Aa lead Nabu-apla-iddina (a king of Babylon, reigned 888 – 855 BCE) to a shrine. Within the shrine (Ebabbara), the Sun God, wearing a horned headdress, sits on a stool and holds a ringed rod in his right hand. Before him, a solar disc rests on an altar, which is supported by ropes held by attendant deities (which can be seen on the roof of the shrine). The whole shrine sits on what appears to be a heavenly ocean. Above the Sun god, symbols of Sin, Shamash, and Ishtar appear.

The cuneiform text on the obverse (and reverse side of the tablet, which is not shown here), records Nabu-apla-iddina's re-endowment of the Sun-Temple at Sippar. The tablet was rediscovered by the Neo-Babylonian king Nabopolassar (626-605 BCE) and an additional text was added to the tablet by him. Middle Babylonian Period, 860-850 BCE. From the Temple of Shamash at Sippar, Southern Mesopotamia modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).

About the Author

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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