Upper row, l. to r.: Middle row, l. to r.: Lower row, l. to r.: Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1983.99
Title
Cuneiform Tablet: Old Assyrian Legal Text
Classification
Tablets
Work Type
tablet
Date
c. 1900-1750 BCE
Period
Bronze Age, Middle
Culture
Assyrian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/289210
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Clay
Technique
Impressed
Dimensions
2.7 x 3.3 x 1.3 cm (1 1/16 x 1 5/16 x 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Nanette Rodney Kelekian, New York, formerly in the possession of her father Charles Dikran Kelekian; gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nanette B. Rodney
Accession Year
1983
Object Number
1983.99
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small rectangular clay tablet with cuneiform writing. The tablet is inscribed on both sides with ruled lines of text written in the Old Assyrian dialect of the Akkadian language. The tablet probably comes from the trading colony (karum) by the mound of Kültepe (ancient Kanesh) near Kaiseri in Cappadocia (central Anatolia).

The text deals with an amount of refined silver entrusted to Assur-malik for transport, followed by the names of three witnesses with patronymics.

Text reads:

(1-5) 10 minas, 4 shekels of refined silver, its šaddutum-tax paid (and) which belongs to Šalim-ahum, (6-8) I entrusted to Aššur-malik, son of Usanaya. (9-10) Before Puzur-Ištar, son of Aššur-malik. (11-12) Before Iddi-Suen, son of Šu-Ištar. (13-14) Before Puzur-Aššur, [so]n of Elia.

IMAGE: Bottom row, second from left.

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