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Old Babylonian Terracotta Cuneiform Tablet - LO.1247
Origin: Mesopotamia
Circa: 1834 BC to 1831 BC
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high x 2" (5.1cm) wide
Collection: Ancient Writings
Medium: Terracotta

Location: Great Britain
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This tablet has a total of 34 lines of Sumerian cuneiform on obverse and reverse. It is dated to a year of Iter-pisha, king of Isin in southern Mesopotamia c. 1834-1831 B.C., but the precise year is not known since the year name used cannot be assigned to a particular year of this short reign.


4 1/2 musar: (the area of) a house of reed walls erected (in the ground), with a wooden door in the outer gate, the house of Tab-kar-Enlil, Bur-Enlil, Nur-kabta, Iddin-Sin and Shalurum, his brothers, heirs of Tab-silli-Ninkarrak, adjacent to the house of Kinum and … -Sin:

1/3 of a mina and 4 shekels of silver were weighed out as its full price. Ilum-Tayyar, son of Iddin-Ishtar, purchased it from Tab- kar-Enlil, Bur-Enlil, Nur-Kabta, Iddin-Sin and Shalurum, his brothers.

In the future Tab-kar-Enlil, Bur-Enlil, Nur- Kabta, Iddin-Sin and Shalurum, his brothers, and as many heirs as there may be, may not claim the house. They swore by the king.

In the presence of Didanum and his son Uta-ahi Ilam-nada, son of Habil-beli Yawsi-ilum, son of Puzur-Ninkilim Adad-bani, and his son Uta-ahi Damu-asu, son Puzur-Shamash Humusi, son of Nabi-Enlil Bur-Adad, son Zabiya A hum-waqar, son Damu-talim

Month Tebet, year: Iter-pisha, the king, made a copper drum for Shamash

All four edges bear impressions of the seal of: Nur-Kabta, son of Tab-silli-Ninkarrak

The tablet is well written and very well preserved save for one spot of damage on the obverse. A musar was an area of 12 x 12 cubits.

Description and translation kindly provided by Professor W. G. Lambert - (LO.1247)


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