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Lot 4867

Notable Financial Cuneiform Tablet. Akkadian, c. 2300 BC. Size: 1-5/8" x 1-5/8". This tablet is a very fine grain pinkish clay, of squared oval shape. The face of the tablet was divided into quarters and inscribed on three of the sections. In the larger section, a less stylized cuneiform (of this reign) states: "Eight shekels of silver ('on the outside'), [from] En-Ni the trade agent. Lugal-mu having transferred to my tablet, placed in on my debit account." A mnor chip or spall appears on the reverse edge, but does not affect the text. Otherwise, the tablet is finely preserved with good surfaces and exceptionally clear and readable characters. Akkadian tablets are much less encountered and so are always more desirable. Even more rare -- an actual fiduciary transaction is described here, rather than the more typical receipt list of barley, goats, beer, etc.
Estimated Value $375 - 475.
Ex Shirley Barr Sage Collection, published in her Biblical Numismatics: Thirty Pieces of Silver, discussed on p. 11. Translated by Professor Robert Englund of UCLA.

Realized $460

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