7 December 2000
A COLLECTION OF TWELVE CUNEIFORM TABLETS
Circa 2111-539 B.C.
Including seven tablets from the Third Dynasty of Ur (2111-2003 B.C.), one an envelope and tablet from Lagash during the reign of Shulgi (2046 B.C.), the envelope and tablet each recording bushels of barley for sustenance for farmers, with the seal of the scribe; one from Umma with no year recorded (ca. 2030 B.C.) recording the disbursal of quarts of pea flour; one from Umma from the reign of Shu-Sin (2032 B.C.) recording the wages for servant girls working in the flour mill; another from Umma from the same reign (2036 B.C.) recording the receipt of 1 shekel of silver from one person to another; another from Umma from the same reign (2028 B.C.) recording workers hired to cut grass; another from Umma from the same reign (2028 B.C.) recording workers hired to carry bundled seed; and another from Umma from the same reign (2033 B.C.) recording the receipt of shekels and silver; together with two Anatolian Old Assyrian tablets (1900-1750 B.C.), one an envelope and tablet from Kanesh/Kültepe (1850 B.C.) each recording the loan of silver shekels for two months, the envelope with seals of the witnesses; and an unopened envelope with multiple seal impressions, recording the loan of shekels of silver; also together with three large Neo-Babylonian tablets (626-539 B.C.), one with a forty-eight line account recording 109 bull hides sent to forty different cities; one with a forty-eight line account recording various amounts of silver designated for different individuals; and one with a sixty line account concerning commodities allocated to different individuals
51/8 in. (13 cm.) long for the largest (12)
Crescent Gallery, Tokyo
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A full translation available upon request for all but the three Neo-Babylonian tablets.
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