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Cuneiform Tablet

2049 BCE
Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BCE)
1 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 7/16 in. (3.3 x 2.8 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: 1954.58.4.1
Location: Currently on view
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Ur III, Lagas Sulgi 45; Barley yield of a field, as per Marcel Sigrist, "Documents from Tablet Collections in Rochester New York," 1991

Many tablets were completely covered by a clay envelope onto which their text was recopied and sealed for security. This one records royal gurs (about a bushel) of grain (she). The she sign is a stylized picture of grain.

The tablet is dated: "month of the cutting of the grain, year when Ur-bi-lum (a nearby city) was destroyed." This was 2049 BCE, under King Shulgi.

[Gallery label text]

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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