A sizeable Assyrian clay cylinder
Circa 1105-1076 B.C.
The elongated form solid, except for a narrow hole running through the middle, now silted up, inscribed with twenty-two lines of Middle Assyrian cuneiform describing achievements of King Ashur-kette-lesher, who added a wall and city gate with chariot house to his capital city of Tabetu, in the state of Mari on the upper Habur, '....and due to the enemy action of Chaldeans and Arameans he built a ....wall for that gate', '....Whoever changes the inscription and puts his name in place of my name, my Adad, Sin and Marduk, the great gods of heaven and earth, detroy his seed and name from the land of Mari. In the month of Arahsamna, 20th day, limu Mudammiq-bel, Ashur-kette-lesher, king of Mari, constructed this wall and gate', 7¼in. (18.5cm.) long, 2in. (5cm.) diam., six lines of inscription worn at one end