Babylonian Tablet of Shamash Sun god tablet Museum reproduction plaque www.NEO-MFG.com
Size 11" tall
The tablet was discovered during excavations by Hormuzd Rassam between 1878 and 1883. The tablet was found complete but broken into two large and six small pieces.
By the time of King Nabopolassar, between 625 and 605 BC, it had broken into four parts and been repaired.
It was encased in a clay cast or "squeeze" that created impressions when placed over the face of the stone and protected it.
This indicates that the tablet was an item of reverence, possibly stored due to newer traditions.
The tablet has serrated edges like a saw.
The bas-relief on the top of the obverse shows Shamash, the Sun God, beneath symbols of the Sun, Moon and star.
The God is depicted in a seated position, wearing a horned headdress, holding the rod-and-ring symbol in his right hand
There is another large sun disk in front of him on an altar, suspended from above by two figures.
Of the three other figures on the left, the central one is dressed in the same fashion as Shamash and is assumed to be the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina receiving the symbols of deity.
The bas relief can be superimposed with two orders of golden rectangles.
A reproduction from the British Museum
From the museum
Height: Height: 29.21 centimetres - 11.5"
Width: Width: 17.78 centimetres - 7"
Last photo shows the original from the Museum.
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