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LOT 0174

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Bid History: 8   |   Current bid: £1,100 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 8   |   Current bid: £1,100
MESOPOTAMIAN CUNEIFORM LETTER FROM KING ILUNI TO INZURšAKšU
CIRCA 1730-1720 B.C.
3 3/4 in. (179 grams, 94 mm wide).

A rectangular bifacial clay tablet bearing cuneiform text to both principal faces and two side edges; a letter from Iluni to Inzuršakšu (from the kingdom of Ešnunna) in which Iluni, king of Ešnunna answers a criticism from his ally (the king of an eastern city, Niqqum) who reproaches him for not sending him troops despite their alliance.

PROVENANCE:
Specialised collection of cuneiform texts, the property of a London gentleman and housed in London before 1992.
Thence by descent to family members.
Examined by Professor Wilfrid George Lambert FBA (1926-2011), historian, archaeologist, and specialist in Assyriology and Near Eastern archaeology, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The collection is exceptional for the variety of types, including some very rare and well preserved examples.

FOOTNOTES:
A draft of this message was already known but the present one gives a more complete version.

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