8 June 2001
NINE MESOPOTAMIAN CUNEIFORM TABLETS
Circa 2350-1700 B.C.
Including one Old Akkadian administrative tablet (ca. 2350-2150 B.C.) recording information about a field; together with eight Old Babylonian administrative tablets (ca. 1900-1700 B.C.) recording: barley tax delivered by serfs for a series of governors; the amounts of silver perhaps for military supplies; the amounts of tax due from four individuals, witnessed, dated (an early king of the dynasty of Larsa), and sealed; the accounting of barley received as wages for hired labor; the amounts of barley and silver tax levied on a named district; the delivery of barley as purchase price, sealed and dated (year 13 of King Sumu-el of the Dynasty of Larsa); the delivery of sesame, sealed and dated (year 9 of King Rim-Sîn, the last king of Larsa); and the tax that an individual must levy to a canal, witnessed, sealed and dated (year 3 of King Gungunum of the Dynasty of Larsa)
3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) long for the largest (9)
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