A Babylonian Clay Tablet with Inscription by the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar II, ca. 560 BCE
Clay tablet of rectangular form, the front stamped with cuneiform script reading: 'Nebuchadnezzar; King of Babylon; provisioner of Esagil; and Ezida; prime son of; Nabopolassar; King of Babylon; am I; Ebabbara, the temple of Shamash; in Larsa; I restored; as it was before; for Shamash, my Lord.'
Nebuchadnezzar is identified in the Bible as the king responsible for destroying Solomon's Temple and initiating the Babylonian captivity and is a significant character in the Book of Daniel.
Condition: Complete face of brick cut from an originally thicker brick, intact with surface weathering and wear. Presented on a museum-quality custom mount.
Dimensions: Length: 8 1/2 inches (21.6 cm), Width: 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Provenance: Winstanley private collection, thereafter private NY collection acquired from the London trade before 1980.