Are images of the original tablets for the Epic of Gilgamesh available online?

Where are the Gilgamesh tablets kept?

Once in Iraq, the tablet will be sent to the National Museum in Baghdad, where the dreams of the mythical King Gilgamesh will be preserved once again in their rightful home.

How big are the tablets for the Epic of Gilgamesh?

approximately 6-inches by 5-inches

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet measures approximately 6-inches by 5-inches and is written in the Akkadian language, which was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia.

What is written on the Gilgamesh Tablet?

Baked clay tablet inscribed with the Babylonian account of the Flood. It is the 11th Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh and tells how the gods determined to send a… flood to destroy the earth, but one of them, Ea, revealed the plan to Utu-napishtim whom he instructed to make a boat in which to save himself and his family.

What is the tablet of Gilgamesh and why is it significant?

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet is so named because it contains a segment of the epic in which Gilgamesh recounts his dreams to his mother, the Sumerian goddess Ninsun. The tablet is one of many thousands of smuggled artifacts surrendered to federal authorities by Hobby Lobby, which was also forced to pay a $3 million fine.

How much is the Gilgamesh tablet worth?

$1.6 million

A rare and ancient tablet containing one of the world’s oldest works of literature should be in Iraq and not owned by a U.S. arts and craft store, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. In 2014, Hobby Lobby purchased the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet for over $1.6 million.

How old is the Gilgamesh Dream tablet?


The 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh Dream Tablet has gone on display in Iraq for the first time in three decades. The clay artefact bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest surviving works of literature.

Where are Sumerian tablets now?


The tablets are part of a cache of thousands of looted artifacts purchased by Hobby Lobby and seized by the U.S. government. They are now set to be returned to Iraq.

Who stole Gilgamesh Tablet?

The U.S. government seized the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet in September 2019, with the Department of Justice calling it “stolen Iraqi property” in a legal complaint. Hobby Lobby has already been forced to restitute over 11,000 artifacts—mostly papyrus fragments, cuneiform tablets, and clay seals—to Egypt and Iraq.

Who is Gilgamesh in the Bible?

The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about Bilgamesh (Sumerian for “Gilgamesh”), king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur ( c. 2100 BC).

Epic of Gilgamesh
The Deluge tablet of the Gilgamesh epic in Akkadian
Written c. 2100–1200 BC
Country Mesopotamia
Language Akkadian

How old are the Sumerian tablets?

A Stray Sumerian Tablet has been published today by Cambridge University Library and focuses on a diminutive clay tablet, written by a scribe in ancient Iraq, some 4,200 years ago.

How many Sumerian tablets have been found?

In fact, between half a million and two million cuneiform tablets are estimated to have been excavated in modern times, of which only approximately 30,000–100,000 have been read or published.

Who found the Sumerian tablets?

The mystery deepened in 1929, when a German archaeologist named Julius Jordan unearthed a vast library of clay tablets that were 5,000 years old. They were far older than the samples of writing already discovered in China, Egypt and Mesoamerica, and were written in an abstract script that became known as “cuneiform”.

How many Sumerian clay tablets are there?

Since then, archaeologists have recovered numerous pieces of Sumerian art, pottery and sculpture as well as some 500,000 clay tablets, the vast majority of which have still yet to be translated.

Are Sumerians in the Bible?

The only reference to Sumer in the Bible is to `the Land of Shinar’ (Genesis 10:10 and elsewhere), which people interpreted to most likely mean the land surrounding Babylon, until the Assyriologist Jules Oppert (1825-1905 CE) identified the biblical reference with the region of southern Mesopotamia known as Sumer and,

Are the Sumerian tablets the oldest?

3350–3000 BC) have been found in Uruk. It is considered the world’s oldest known written document.
Kish tablet.

Limestone tablet from Kish (Sumer) with pictographic writing, 3500 BC; may be the earliest known writing. Ashmolean Museum
Geographical range Iraq
Dates c. 3500 BC
Followed by Narmer Palette