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Mesopotamian Brick of Nebuchadnezzar II, c. 580 BC

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Ctra. de Benagalbón, Km 3
29730 Rincón de la Victoria. Málaga, SPAIN
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Mesopotamian Brick of Nebuchadnezzar II, c. 580 BC
MESOPOTAMIAN CLAY BRICK OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR II, KING OF BABYLON, 604-562 B.C. The inscription is written in Cuneiform and reads: "Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, provisioner of Esagil and Ezida, prime son of Nabopolassar, king of Babylon, am I. Ebabbaca, the temple of Shamash in Larsa I restored as it was before, for Shamash, my lord." This is a complete inscription cut out from a large brick. For many years it was impossible to vouch for the historical accuracy of the Nebuchadnezzar reference in the Bible. Not so when the temple was discovered in the desert, as witnessed by this brick;
MEASUREMENTS: 22 x 14 cm. Mounted on a custom museum quality hand-made plexi-glass display stand ;
CONDITION: Good condition;
LITERATURE: Nebuchadrezzar II, (604-562 BC) perhaps the best known Mesopotamian king in Western history, achieved stability for his kingdom by exercising an almost direct control of the western regions, marked by the successful siege of Jerusalem (586) and the failed one of Tyre. The commemorative inscriptions of this Babylonian ruler were mostly directed to underscore his intense building activity: Nebuchadrezzar beganaesthetic restoration work on the Esagila, the temple dedicated to the god Marduk; he completed and expanding the Southern Palace, for building the Summer Palace and, especially, for the new works to the bit akitu (where the New Year”s celebrations were held), the fortified walls, and the city Gates; cf. Ada Gabucci, Mesopotamia, Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians, p.99

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