NINO is the owner of approximately 3000 cuneiform tablets of Sumerian and Babylonian/Assyrian origin, the largest collection of its kind in The Netherlands. The collection was brought together in the 1920s and ‘30s by F.M.Th. de Liagre Böhl, Professor of Assyriology at Leiden University and Co-Director of NINO 1939-1955. Diverse text genres are present in the tablet collection: literary, omina, incantations, archival etc. In addition to the tablets, the collection includes a smaller number of seals, bullae, terracottas and other objects.
The tablets are being transcribed, translated, and published in order to make them available for scholars and students. The NINO series Tabulae... Liagre Böhl (TLB) and Studia... Liagre Böhl (SLB) are publications and studies of (groups of) tablets in the collection. More unpublished information on the collection is kept in the Institute.
A number of highlights from the collection are on permanent view in the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden. In 2014-’15 our jubilee exhibition “75 jaar NINO” at the Museum featured more highlights from the collection.
Please note: during the month of August 2018 we are unable to handle new requests to study tablets. Existing agreements and selections will continue as usual. New requests will be handled starting from 3 September 2018.
We are working towards digitising the cuneiform tablets in the best possible way and resolution. A promising pilot project has been conducted using the Portable Light Dome system operated by H. Hameeuw (Leuven and Brussels).
The example of LB 1090 is presented here as a pdf file. This is the simplest and surest way of storing and presenting the recorded object data. A more visually attractive way is to consult the interactive file using the Minidome Viewer at its own website:
Uploading and visualising the results may take up to several minutes. The online viewer works with all internet browsers that support WebGL (currently all mainstream browsers; older browsers may not work).
For (technical) background information on the Portable Light Dome, please refer to: