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Cappadocian Tablet
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Cappadocian Tablet

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This brown clay tablet is unglazed.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [claims found at Caesarea]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation from composite text of Cuneiform Digital Library, M. Trolle Larsen. Festschrift Lubor Matous. Edited by Blahoslav Hruška,and Géza Komoróczy. Budapest: Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegytem, 1978.] From Buzutaja to [...],/ Puzur-szadue, Aszszur-[...], Puszuken:/ Because of the [...] of the [man?]/ I confronted the city here and I got a tablet of the City/ addressed to the primary assembly of the colony, which they bring (it) to you./ Therefore you should listen to the tablet of the City,/ and you must confront the colony and (have it established) that it was the primary assembly of the colony,/ and not I, who threw him into jail./ My dear brothers, take care and (get hold of) a tablet/ of the Kanesz colony and a message from/ the Puruszaddum colony, indicating that he cheated the Kanesz colony and (sold?) the iron/ in Puruszhaddum. For that reason the primary assembly of the colony/ [threw him into jail?]. Take care [...]/[to] the palace [.../ [...]/ [which] I gave to the palace, and to the palace [...]/ held me back, and [...] 2 minas of silver to [...]/ live; and for the orders of the palace, when I stayed/ in jail you sold textiles for me./ When the iron and the textiles were sold in Aszszur-malik,/ Kurub-Isztar, his brother Aszszur-imitti, son of Ikkupija,/ Puzur-szadue and Aszszur-makik, son of Luzina, were my witnesses./ When the money was paid Ammurumbani, Szu-Kubum,/ son of Aszszur-bel-awatim, Aszszur-malik son of Alahum,/ Puzur-szadue and Aszszur-malik, son of Luzina,/ went up to the palace together with (me) and I paid the money:/ they are my witnesses. Seize the men and [lead them] to the Gate of the God/ [...] in accordance with /[...]/ [...]/ of the iron he brought./ (he) said: also, take the iron [...]/ of my partners [...] the iron [...]/ and I will take [...]/ I personally will [...] our gate [...]/ which I gave to him, Puzur-szadue [...] []
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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ca. 1840–ca. 1730 BCE (Assyrian Colony)
clay, hand made; impressed
Accession Number
H: 1 15/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 1 1/16 in. (4.9 × 6.7 × 2.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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