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Cuneiform Tablet

1865 BCE-1835 BCE
Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
3 1/8 x 2 5/16 x 7/8 in. (8 x 5.8 x 2.3 cm)

Unknown, Sumerian
Sumerian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay
Credit Line: Gift of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1970.158
Location: Currently on view
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OB; "Sin-kashid" inscription, as per Marcel Sigrist, "Documents from Tablet Collections in Rochester New York," 1991

Sin-kashid of Uruk ruled that southern city in about 1865-1835 BCE. Founder of a new dynasty, he was from the nomadic Amnanum tribe, which lived in what is now eastern Syria and western Iraq. To establish his reputation, Sin-kashid had numerous tablets like this one made, all boasting of the same thing: that he built a temple for his god and a palace for his kingship.

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University of Rochester; transferred to the Gallery in 1970

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Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative An international catalogue of cuneiform tablets, compiled by scholars at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. MAG's cuneiforms were examined by a scholar in the summer of 2011.


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