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Land Transfer Document

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Description This tablet provides evidence for the early date of private land ownership in the city-state of Isin. It lists 17 purchases of land from multiple sellers by one buyer. The text is divided into compartments, arranged in 15 columns on the front and back. The inscriptions probably summarize transactions initially recorded on clay tablets. Permanent records on stone were displayed in the temple, under the protection of the gods.
Date Description Narrative
  • Undercover Stories in Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance [From Abhari]; Edgar J. Banks, 1930; Henry Walters, Baltimore; 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] [For transcription, see]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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ca. 2600-2350 BCE (Early Dynastic IIIa)
limestone (?)
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H: 9 13/16 x W: 10 7/16 x D: 1 15/16 in. (25 x 26.5 x 5 cm)


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