4 June 2015
This lot is offered without a reserve
SEVEN SUMERIAN CLAY CUNEIFORM TABLETS
THIRD DYNASTY OF UR, CIRCA 2112-2004 B.C.
All rectangular in form with Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions; including one recording a delivery of animals dating to year forty-four of the reign of King Shulgi of Ur, circa 2048 B.C.; one recording a disbursement of animals, dating to year four of the reign of King Amar-Suen of Ur, circa 2040 B.C.; one recording an administrative account of labor for work at the Enduri reservoir, with a seal impression reading: "Gugua, scribe, son of Mansum"; one recording the delivery of a goat, dating to year thirty-six of the reign of King Shulgi of Ur, circa 2056 B.C.; one a receipt of barley, dating to year eight of the reign of King Amar-Suen of Ur, circa 2036 B.C.; one a messenger text describing food and travel supplies to couriers, dating to year six of King Shu-Suen of Ur, circa 2029 B.C.; and one a messenger text describing food and travel rations of couriers
Longest: 2 in. (5 cm.) long
with Elias S. David (1891-1969), New York; thence by descent.
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