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Cappadocian Tablet
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Cappadocian Tablet

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This unglazed, reddish-clay tablet has a cuneiform inscription and is chipped on the surface.
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 M. Trolle Larsen. Festschrift Lubor Matous. Edited by Blahoslav Hruška,and Géza Komoróczy. Budapest: Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegytem, 1978.] To the Kanesh colony from Ili-madar: My dear fathers, my dear brothers – I am your son. Here I take care of [your affairs]. Ask your messenger there! My dear [fathers], I personally will release… Why is it that you do not pursue my affairs there? In truth, I …ed Ikunum, son of Samaja, and then … the servant .. [I] said: … send to …; also, bring some of your textiles. In Purushad-dum … I shall send … he sent … He involved (?) … with the [messengers] and … the brought. [My] servant and his servant they killed in the … of the colony. [Their money] is lost. If I have taken from any… just one or two shekels, let Ikunum’s representative come here together with your messengers and let him make me swear wherever he wants. My dear fathers and lords. []
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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ca. 1840–ca. 1730 BCE (Assyrian Colony)
clay, hand made; impressed
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H: 2 1/2 × W: 2 3/16 × D: 7/8 in. (6.3 × 5.5 × 2.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
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