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Old Babylonian Terracotta Cuneiform Tablet - LO.1251
Origin: Mesopotamia
Circa: 1817 BC to 1794 BC
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 1.87" (4.7cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern
Style: Old Babylonian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: Great Britain
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Description
This tablet has a total of 29 lines of Sumerian cuneiform on obverse and reverse, with cylinder seal impressions (to show the seal inscription) on the reverse before the date at the end and on upper, lower and left side edges. It is dated to king Damiq-ilishu of Isin, in southern Mesopotamia, c. 1817-1794 B.C., to the 9th year of his reign.

Translation:

10 acres of palm grove, in the ..[…] estate, palm grove of Hibti-Nana, wife of Ur-dukuga, facing the palm grove of Sin-eribam, close to Sillabi: 6 1/2 shekels of silver was weighed out. Sin-eribam purchased it from Hibti-Nana, wife of Ur-dukuga. In the future Hibti-Nana, wife of Ur-dukuga, and as many heirs as there may be, may not claim the palm grove. She swore by the king.

In the presence of Usi-ana-nuri, son of Ipqu-Damu Issur-Adad, son of Adad-rabi Shummanum, son of Ibbi-Adad Pabilsag-muballit, son of Sin-ilum Humusi, son of Nabi-Enlil

Month: Addar, year: after Damiq-ilishu the king built the temple of Utu

Seal inscription: Hibti-Nana wife of Ur- dukuga slave of (the god) Nin-shubur

The tablet is very well written and well preserved save for very slight damage to the upper obverse right-hand corner.

Description and translation kindly provided by Professor W. G. Lambert - (LO.1251)

 

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