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
1983.103
Title
Fragment of Cuneiform Tablet: Old Assyrian Text
Classification
Tablets
Work Type
tablet
Date
c. 1900-1750 BCE
Period
Bronze Age, Middle
Culture
Assyrian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/289227
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Clay
Technique
Impressed
Dimensions
1.9 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm (3/4 x 1 7/8 x 9/16 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
1983.103
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Fragment of clay tablet with cuneiform writing. The tablet is inscribed with faintly ruled lines of text written in the Old Assyrian dialect of the Akkadian language. This fragment represents only the upper most part of the tablet with just a few lines partially preserved on obverse and reverse surfaces. The tablet probably comes from the trading colony (karum) by the mound of Kültepe (ancient Kanesh) near Kaiseri in Cappadocia (central Anatolia).

Most of the text is broken and the contents are uncertain, but it does mention the name Aduda (obv. line 1) and refined [silver?] (obv. line 2) and may refer to a debt or transport of silver.

IMAGE: Top row, first on right.

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