Protective Cover for a Babylonian Sun-God Tablet
This fired clay cover served as a protective cover for a cuneiform tablet about the sun-god, Šamaš. Found in the temple to Šamaš in Sippar, the cover originally belonged to the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina, who reigned in the 9th century BCE. When it was rediscovered by the Neo-Babylonian king Nabopolassar, who reigned 200 years later, it was broken, so the king had it replaced but kept alongside the old, damaged one in a box. Just as we value and preserve history today, so too did the Neo-Babylonian kings of the first millennium BCE possess a strong awareness of their past and the need to preserve its relics. (Source)
Neo-Babylonian, 860-850 BCE, Sippar.