The Babylonian god Nabu. Click for more information.


Nabu is the Babylonian god of wisdom and writing, a fitting divine patron for conlangers. The image at the left comes from the bronze doors on the Adams Building of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. The doors were cast by Lee Lawrie (1877-1963) in 1939 and were photographed in 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946-), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain. In addition to Nabu, Lawrie included other gods of writing as well as important real-life individuals including Odin (runes), Sequoyah (Cherokee syllabary), Cadmus (introduced Phoenician letters to Greece), and others.

Nabu is mentioned in the Bible as Nebo. Nabu should not be confused with Naboo.

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