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The tablets shown in the photos in this section, placed here between 2006 and 2009, are in private collections in various countries and are not offered for sale.
Most, apart from just a few which are in my own collection, were sent to me many years ago to take better photographs to aid reading of them. I placed these photos here to illustrate the types of tablet which were on the market at this time when the cuneiform reading service was launched. We very much encourage collectors to have their tablets read and to share them with academic resources. I thought that by showing how very interesting such tablets can be, this would encourage collectors to have their tablets read.
An URIII document which is a bit obscurred by salty accretions but from which one can read that it records the receipt of something by Adad-rabi, overseer. It is dated to the second year of the king Ibbi-suen.
The year names of this king are interesting. The second year is called: mu en-dinanna unuki mash-e i3-pa3 (The year that Ibbi-Suen) chose by means of the omens the en-priest of Inanna in Uruk.
It of course needs reading again after the salt accretions are removed.
44 mm x 39 mm
A large and rare Old Babylonian document with some loss and repair, but is rather intriguing.
It is simply a list of personal names in four separate columns but the purpose of this list is not known.
The script is very small and from only photographs it is possble to read only the following names:
Arad-ilishu; Sheria; Sin-imitti; Shamash-rabi; Ipku-X; Pala; Ubarrum.
112 mm x 73mm.
9.30 DS (N)
A double sided fragment from an URIII administrative tablet being a balanced account of barley for various named individuals.
The names preserved on this fragment include:
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