Cuneiform Tablet, Female work days in the city brewery, under various foremen. From Šeš-saga, Kugani received, within the bala obligation.

Unidentified Babylonian maker, Umma, Mesopotamia

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2250 BCE

Terracotta

Overall: 23 5/8 × 16 9/16 in. (60 × 42 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of The Dartmouth Scientific Association

23.1.7185

Geography/Culture

Asia, West Asia, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq

Period

3000-2000 BCE

Object Name

Written Communication

Classification

Near East

Not on view

Inscription

Incised, obverse, in cuneiform [translation]: "179 female workers for one day: / Ab-ba-gi-na, / 179 female workers for one day: / Lugal-ku3-zu, / 179 female workers for one day: / Inim-ku3, / 179 female workers for one day: / Ab-ba-e-ne-ge18, / 179 female workers for one day: / Lugal-bad3," Incised, reverse, in cuneiform [translation]: "179 female workers for one day: / Ur-lu2-gu-la, / 179 female workers for one day: / Ur-dŠara2, / 179 female workers for one day: / Lugal-ni-gibil, / Total: 1,432 female workers for one day / stationed (in) the brewery (for) the ??? and the bala obligation. / From Šeš-sig5, / seal (= received): Ku3-ga-ni. / –––––––––––– / The year (when) the city of Hu-uh2-nu-ri was destroyed. (AS 7)" Stamped seal, in cuneiform [translation]: "Ku3-ga-ni, / the scribe, / the son of Ur-dŠul-pa-e3"

Course History

ANTH 39, Archaeology of the Middle East, Jesse Casana, Fall 2019

ANTH 12.2, Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Daniel Potts, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.2, The Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Jason Herrmann, Spring 2013

ANTH 57, Origins of Inequality, Alan Covey, Winter 2013

REL 81, Dickinson Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Orientalism and the Origins of Religion, Susannah Heschel, Fall 2012

Exhibition History

From Discovery to Dartmouth: The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856-2006, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 19, 2006-June 17, 2007.

Publication History

Widell, Magnus, Ur III Economy and Bureaucracy: The Neo-Sumerian Cuneiform Tablets in the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (I). Orient: Reports of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan, 55 (1), 2019, illustration pg. 46.

Magnus Widell, From Discovery to Dartmouth: The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856-2006, A Selection of Cuneiform Tablets from the Hood Museum of Art's Collection, Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College, 2006, no. 9.

Provenance

Dartmouth Scientific Association; given to present collection, 1923.

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