6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 6,000
FOUR MESOPOTAMIAN CUNEIFORM TABLETS
CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
One Third Dynasty of Ur, reign of Shulgi (2050 B.C.), with thirty lines of Sumerian cuneiform recording the balancing of an account for a month concerning barley and barley products, including beer; one Old Babylonian (2000-1700 B.C.) with sixty-five lines of Babylonian cuneiform recording the holdings of agricultural land; one Old Akkadian (2200-2100 B.C.), probably from Umma, with thirty lines of Sumerian cuneiform recording measures of beer as wages to named individuals; and one Old Babylonian from the reign of Ammi-ditana (1684-1647 B.C.), recording the details of a contract concerning silver
Largest: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) long (4)
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A full translation of each tablet available upon request.
Three acquired in the United States, early 1980s.
One from the Erlenmeyer collection, Switzerland, 1950s.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 8 June 2001, lot 352.