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The “Sun Disk” Tablet of Nabû-apla-iddina (2.135)
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Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Monumental Inscriptions; “Functional” Inscriptions; Boundary Stones


This inscription, beautifully engraved on a black stone tablet measuring 7“ x 11 5/8“ x 2", was found at Abu-Habbah (= Sippar) in 1881 by H. Rassam and is now in the British Museum.1 A relief occupying the top third of the obverse shows a large disk sitting on a table, suspended by ropes held by two deities.2 To the right of the disk and facing it, the sun-god Šamaš is seated on …

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Hurowitz, Victor, “The “Sun Disk” Tablet of Nabû-apla-iddina (2.135)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>

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