Clay Model of a Sheep's Liver

Clay Model of a Sheep’s Liver
Akkadian, Babylonian
Inscribed Tablet

A clay model of a sheep’s liver, which (along with the real organ) was used to train apprentice priests about the art of divination. Its sheep liver shape revealed a dire omen. The cuneiform writing on the left side foretells the "destruction of small towns."

Close up of the Cuneiform