TEN LATE BABYLONIAN CUNEIFORM CLAY TABLETS
CIRCA 441-366 B.C.
Comprising a legal document recording the setting up of a loan of barley, on the lower edge the impression of a seal depicting a lion, with the caption "Seal of Aha-iddina", worn, cracked and repaired, 2 3/8 x 2¼ in. (6 x 5.7 cm.); another similar with 15 lines of text and witness seals, including one captioned, "Fingernail of Shulpa'e-iddina", chipped, 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. (6.7 x 6.7 cm.); another similar, 4 stamp seal impressions, obverse flaked, 2 x 1 7/8 in. (5.1 x 4.8 cm.); another similar, 19 lines of text, "... If he does not hand it over in the month of Ayyaru, the barley will accrue interest at the rate of 3 sãtu for each kurru per month", chipped and cracked, 2½ x 2 7/16 in. (6.3 x 6.2 cm.); another, a legal document concerning a date crop, 17 lines of text and 5 stamp seal impressions, cracked and flaked, 2¼ x 1 15/16 in. (5.7 x 4.9 cm.); another, a legal document concerning the short-term loan of beer, "... Since the barley has run out due to the distress in the land, he must hand over the two (vats of best beer) in the month of Ayyaru of the 35th year of Artaxerxes", chipped and cracked, 2¾ x 2½ in. (7 x 6.3 cm.); another, a legal document recording the loan of silver, 16 lines of text, "5 shekels of refined silver owed to Aplâ, son of Quddaya, by Zabna', son of Iddin-Nabu. On the 1st day of the month of Kislimu of the 25th year of Artaxerxes the king, he must pay the 5 shekels of silver in its totality. If on the 1st day of Kislimu of the 25th year of Artaxerxes he does not pay, but lets the month pass, this silver will accrue interest of 5 shekels", flaked and cracked, 2 5/8 x 2¼ in. (6.7 x 5.7 cm.); another, a legal document concerning a short-term loan of barley, fragmentary and repaired, 2 5/8 x 2½ in. (6.7 x 6.4 cm.); another similar, concerning a short-term loan of barley, worn and repaired, 2¼ x 2 in. (5.7 x 5.1 cm.); and another, small and worn, 2½ x 1 7/8 in. (6.4 x 5.8 cm.), all from the reign of either Artaxerxes I or Artaxerxes II (10)