4 June 2008
THE PROPERTY OF AMBASSADOR EDWARD ELLIOT ELSON
SIX MESOPOTAMIAN CUNEIFORM TABLETS
THIRD DYNASTY OF UR, CIRCA 2111-2003 B.C.
One with eight lines on one side and nine on the other, reign of Shu-Sin, recording the receipt of livestock for cultic purposes, including the boat of Enki; one from the reign of Ibbi-Sin, with twelve lines of text on one side and eleven on the other, recording the receipt of sheep for sacrifices to cultic objects including the great lunar crescent, chariots and deified kings, from the temple in Umma; one with four lines on one side, three on the other, reign of Amar-Sin or Ibbi-Sin, recording the receipt of barley; one with four lines of text on one side and three on the other, undated, recording the receipt of eight sheep and eight goats for Shara in Umma; one with six lines of text on one side, three on the other, reign of Amar-Sin, recording the receipt of barley, from Nippur; and one with five lines on one side, four on the other, reign of Shulgi, recording the receipt of livestock
Largest: 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) long (6)
Erlenmeyer Collection; Christie's, London, 13 December 1988, lot 64.
Anonymous Sale; Christie's, London, 10 July 1991, lot 1.
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