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Name of Object:

Bellino Cylinder


London, United Kingdom

Holding Institution:

The British Museum

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Date of Object:

7th century BC; acquisition date: 1825

Inventory Number:

BM 22502




One of the first objects from Nineveh to reach the West. Studied by Rich’s secretary, Karl Bellino. Bellino was a talented scholar of Middle Eastern languages. His new style of copying set the standard for rigorous study of cuneiform. His life ended tragically short; he died of fever in Mosul in 1820. Many European explorers and excavators lost their lives in the Middle East to disease or one of many other dangers.

Citation of this web page:

"Bellino Cylinder" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;uk;5;en

MWNF Working Number: UK 005

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