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Cast of the Laws of Hammurabi

Cast of the Laws of Hammurabi

This is a plaster cast (or reproduction) of the Laws of Hammurabi. The original stela (made of diorite) is in the collection of the Musee du Louvre, Paris. The original stela was one of several copies of the laws produced during the reign of King Hammurabi of Babylon (1792-1750 BCE). It is inscribed in cuneiform with a prologue, almost 300 laws (or legal verdicts), and an epilogue. At the top of the stela is a relief showing Hammurabi receiving the emblems of kingship from the sun-god, Shamash, god of justice.

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