Neo-Sumerian Ur III Terracotta Cuneiform Tablet

Neo-Sumerian Ur III Terracotta Cuneiform Tablet
Circa 2026 BC

A finely moulded pillow-shaped Sumerian cuneiform tablet impressed to two sides with cuneiform scripts recording the administrative account of barley (grain) rations for messengers. It dates to the second year of king Ibbi-Suen’s regin as per the inscriptions suggested. It names the 15 men. Part of the statement reads as:

‘’ when the personnel went to the palce….
The administrator is Babati, and the scribe is Dingir-zau.
The seal belongs to Dingir-azu, scribe, one of Nene, scribe.
The names of the messengers: Shu-mamitum, Nahshu, Erra-shum , Ur-babdu,….., Lu-ti-imuzu, Ur-enlila, Nur-Suen, Ur-Shulpae, Hulal, Ur-gigir, Ili-bani, Ur-…mal…., Aneni.
Dated to the year the high priest of Inana ofUruk was chosen. ‘’

Ibbi-Sin, was a king of the Sumer and Akkad and the last king of the Ur III dynasty, reigned from circa 2027 to 2004 BC. Cuneiform inscriptions developed from the pictorial images that first appeared on the clay seals of the Early Uruk Period. Almost the entire genre of Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform tablets is inscribed with administrative accounts recording the commercial trades, religious activities and temples’ constructions.

Measurement: 7.6 cm length; 4.5 cm width

Provenance: From a London private collection, acquired from the London art market, formerly from a family collection, before 1990.

Lot details
Neo-Sumerian Ur III
Cuneiform Tablet
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2026 BC
Good Condition, See Photo
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