Cuneiform Tablet, Barley received by Beli-azu.

Unidentified Babylonian maker


Third Dynasty of Ur, 2112-2004 BCE


Overall: 17 5/16 × 16 9/16 in. (44 × 42 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Museum Purchase



Place Made: Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, West Asia, Asia


3000-2000 BCE

Object Name

Written Communication

Research Area

Near East

Not on view


Incised, obverse, in cuneiform [translation]: "50 gur, 4 barig and 5 ban2 grain 0 (= 15,290 liter), / seal (= received): Be-li2-a-zu. / Witness: Nu-ur2-dSuen, / (he) made true/permanent; the seal (of)" Incised, reverse, in cuneiform [translation]: "[Be-li2-a-zu was not rolled]. / –––––––––––– / The year (when) the magnificent stele was erected. (ŠS 6)"; stamped, seal one: "dŠu-dSuen, / the mighty king, / king of Ur, / the king of the four quarters"; stamped, seal two: "Nu-ur2-dSuen, / the scribe, / the son (of) I-ti-er3-ra, / (is) your servant."

Course History

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

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

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

ANTH 39.01/MES 3.02, Archaeology of the Middle East, Jesse Casana, Spring 2021

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

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. 6.

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. 43.


Collected by Edgar James Banks (1866-1945), about 1898-1921 [purchase arranged through Professor W. H. (William Hamilton) Wood (1874-1953), Class of 1917H, Professor of Biblical History and Literature]; sold to present collection, 1923.

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