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Lot 4868

Fine Cuneiform Tablet. Third Dynasty of Ur, c. 2112-2004 BC. Size: 1-3/8 x 1-3/16." This tablet is composed of a fine-grained pinkish-gray clay in a rectangular form. Carefully laid out and inscribed in a very neat and precise hand, the text is a receipt for cattle, at "Drehem," and dated to the"fourth month, ninth day of the fort-fifth year of the reign of Shulgi (2094-2047 BC)." Two small ancient scrapes appear towards the edge of the tablet. Otherwise choice and pristine. The cuneiform is artistic and strongly legible. A very fine tablet.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
Ex Shirley Barr Sage Collection, published in her Biblical Numismatics: Thirty Pieces of Silver, discussed on p. 10. Tablet cleaned and translated by the Babylonian Collection, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.

Realized $368

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