Sumerian Sealed Cuneiform Tablet

 

Sumerian Sealed Cuneiform Tablet

An ancient Sumerian clay tablet bearing a cuneiform inscription for the receipt of a slave girl. The text is sealed with a rollout of an inscribed cylinder seal.

Third Dynasty of Ur, reign of Shu-Sin.
Ca. 2100-2000 BC.
Height: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm).
Intact.

Translation:
Year seven of King Shu-sin's reign.
Receipt for one palace slave girl for milling bread and fattening oxen for eight months (Shekinku to Lisis). Supervised by Ur-Nintu and authorized by Annahilibi in the year the Huhnuri was raided.

This tablet was studied by the Babylonian Collection of the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University on August 11, 1978 (tablet 38).

Formerly in a New York private collection 1970's; Christie's, New York, December 7, 2000, lot 675; subsequently in a California private collection.

Inv#: 7945

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