This ceramic cylinder is inscribed in cuneiform script with the name of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, who is referred to in the Bible more than any other foreign king (e.g. 2 Kings 24:1). The cylinder enumerates his building activities and was made in c. 604-562 BC. The artifact is 8.38 inches long. At one time (2011) it was located in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on loan from the Yale Babylonian Collection.
PHOTO: © Michael J. Caba