Near Eastern Art :
Cuneiform Tablets : Cuneiform Tablet
Cuneiform Tablet - LSO.22
2.24" (5.7cm) high
x 1.69" (4.3cm) wide
Collection: Ancient Writings
Location: Great Britain
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Clay tablet, with 13 lines of
Sumerian Cuneiform writing.
This is a small tablet beautifully written by a
professional scribe and save for the beginning
of a few lines on the reverse, it is in very good
It is dated to the 9th month of the 3rd year of
Shu-Sin, the forth king of the Third Dynasty of
Ur, c. 2035 BC. It is an administrative document
about the transfer of three serfs to a new
‘owner’. Some of the expressions are so far not
Ubarrum, soldier, son of Ilum-bani
Ur Dumuzi, son of Nuhilum
Su Ninshubur, son of Bubu:-
They were not taken…in accordance with
Adallal, the equerry:
Three serfs, not taken.
They were inspected and delivered
Adallal the equerry took them,
Via Ur-mes, the city governor.
Month: Festival of Lisin.
Year: Simanum was destroyed.
Serfs were not chattel slaves, but were tied to
their jobs though free in other ways.