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LOT 0173

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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £700 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £700
OLD BABYLONIAN CUNEIFORM TABLET CONCERNING THE PEOPLE OF ZIBBATUM
CIRCA 1730-1720 B.C.
4 in. (183 grams, 10.2 cm wide).

A clay tablet of broadly rectangular form, a letter from Šamaš-naṣir to his lord, a king of Ešnunna (Tell Asmar); the author is an important governor in the service of Iluni, giving a report of about fifty lines on his missions but especially details on a case concerning the people of Zibbatum, a small city little documented until now.

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.

CONDITION