A hymn to Nusku in his character of fire-god is also descriptive and picturesque.
On the other hand, the manner in which Ashurbanabal speaks of him reflects the mythological aspect of Nusku.
Nusku was the messenger of the gods and without him the King of Heaven could not pass judgment upon anything.
The god Sin remained over the (sacred) standard, two crowns upon his head, (and) the god Nusku stood beside him.
But however we may choose to account for it, the prominence of Nusku is obscured by Nabu.
Gibil and Nusku are called 'sons of Anu'; Gibil, indeed, is spoken of as the first-born of heaven, and the image of his father.
A later—chiefly theoretical—amalgamation of Nabu with a god Nusku will be discussed in a subsequent chapter.
The fire-god appears in the texts under the double form of Gibil and Nusku.
Associated with them is Nusku, the messenger of the gods, who was given prominence in Assyria.
Nusku and Nabu are, however, probably connected in some way, but exactly in what manner is obscure.