In 1938 the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire of Geneva acquired nearly a thousand cuneiform documents collected by the Assyriologist Alfred Boissier (1867-1945). This set was classified, studied and cataloged by Edmond Sollberger. His inventory, gradually updated by different curators in charge of the archaeological collections, was integrated into the computerized database of the institution by the Service of Scientific Inventory and Documentation of the MAH.

Through Professor Antoine Cavigneaux of the University of Geneva, a cooperation agreement was signed between the directorate of the MAH and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). The data transfer from the museum to the CDLI was facilitated by Émilie Pagé-Perron, a graduate student at Geneva. Ludek Vacin of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, was granted access to the collection kept in the MAH and he scanned the tablets in July and November 2011, in accordance with the procedures and methods described in the pages of the CDLI.

The Musées d’art et d’histoire of Geneva and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative are pleased to present the new results of the scanning missions in the following pages.

Introduction to the collection
MAH homepage


All MAH inscriptions sorted by museum number

All MAH inscriptions sorted by publication

Tablets by period:

   Early Dynastic IIIb (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II period (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Hittite (ca. 1500-1100 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 911-612 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)
   Achaemenid (547-331 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Legal texts
   Royal/Monumental texts
   Lexical texts
   Literary texts
   Mathematical texts

Search all CDLI inscriptions

The object to the right (MAH 19359) appears to be a singular example of a wind-bell from the Old Babylonian period (ca. 1900-1600 BC); dedicated to the well-being of a powerful donor, it probably hung in the window of a temple, sounding night and day. Click on the image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page.

  Copyright © Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative

A cooperative effort of the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève,
and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative