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Cast of a “Kudurru”

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This is a plaster cast (or reproduction) of an original stone stela in the collection of the British Museum, London. It is of a type known as a "kudurru," which derived its name from the Akkadian word for boundary. This particular kudurru records the grant of land by Marduk-nadin-ahhe, King of Babylon, to Adad-zer-iqisha.

On one side of the kudurru is an inscription providing the details of the field being granted and on the other side is a depiction of the king, Marduk-nadin-ahhe. Like Ashurnasirpal, he is shown with long beard, tall headdress, and battle gear beneath symbols of deities. Absent, however, is the parasol-bearer.

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