The Babylonian Collection, Sterling Memorial Library

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Scribal School-tablet with proverb, ca. 18th century B.C.E.


Kudurru (boundary-stone), 12th century B.C.E., showing the healing goddess, Gula, literally "the great one," and symbols of other deities.




Babylonian cylinder commemorating Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 B.C.E.), the king who destroyed the first Temple in Jerusalem.
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Cylinder (cast), 6th century B.C.E. Cyrus, the great Persian monarch, captured Babylon in 538 B.C.E. and permitted the Israelites to return to Judea and rebuild the Temple.




The lot (puru) of Yahali, 9th century B.C.E. Provides a prototype--the only one ever recovered--for the lots (purim) cast by Haman.
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Ancient mold of male and female engaged in ritual(?) intercourse, ca. 18th B.C.E.


Clay mold of a chapel(?) in the form of a snake pit, ca. 21st century B.C.E.


Stone carving of a temple in the form of a divine(?) footstool, ca. 26th century B.C.E.


Duck weight, date unknown.




Clay figurine of a goddess, ca. 17th century B.C.E., perhaps the Sumerian Inanna, patron-deity of fertility, or her Akkadian counterpart, Ishtar (whose name is preserved in the biblical Esther).
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Yale University Library
Nanette Stahl, Judaica Curator
and Judy A. Schiff, Chief Research Archivist,
Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library
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