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Cuneiform Tablet

ca. 2000 BCE
Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BCE)
1 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 7/16 in. (4.2 x 3.8 x 1.1 cm)

Unknown, Sumerian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Gordon Thompson in memory of his father, William G. Thompson, D.D., a student of Babylonian archaeology
Accession Number: 1954.58.14
Location: Currently on view
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Ur III, Lagas Sulgi 46 xi; Beer and flour, as per Marcel Sigrist, "Documents from Tablet Collections in Rochester New York," 1991

Sumeria had several kinds of flour: barley, emmer (a form of wheat), and pea flour. This tablet lists different flours given to two individuals, Akia and Susu. To officialize the record, the scribe affixed his personal seal. The cylindrical seal was rolled across the main text. It reads: "Ur Baba the scribe the son of Namu." The name Ur Baba means "Man of Baba," a well-known goddess, indicating that the scribe was her devote.

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William G. Thompson, D.D., the Bronx, NY; to his son, Gordon Thompson; Rochester, NY; his gift to the Gallery in 1954

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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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