Cuneiform Tablet

SKU LSO.22
Circa

2035 BC

Dimensions

2.24″ (5.7cm) high x 1.69″ (4.3cm) wide

Medium

Clay

Origin

Syria

Gallery Location

UK


 

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 condition. 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 fully understood. Translation 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.

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