Sumerian cuneiform tablet, ca. 1600 B.C. Old Babylonian period, Mesopotamia, Nippur. A stone tablet, quartzite-limestone, hand-finished museum-quality replica (not plastic resin) 4 x 5 inches (10 x 12.5 cm), half-inch thickness (10 cm).
Discovered in the ancient Babylonian city of Nippur by the Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania in the 1890s.
A fragment of the earliest recorded Sumerian creation myth, the “Eridu Genesis,” the oldest account of the Great Flood so far found. It deals with the creation of man, the institution of kingship, the founding of the first cities, and of course, the Flood.