MVN 11, 204 (P116217)

Legal tablet excavated in Nippur (mod. Nuffar), dated to the Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period and now kept in Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Museum Collection(s)

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Museum Number

SM 1911.10.405

Period

Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

Provenience

Nippur (mod. Nuffar)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Legal (SM catalogue: sealed tablet: legal document about the sale of a female slave with witnesses)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

49.0 mm × 47.0 mm × 18.0 mm

Has seal impression(s)

tablet
obverse
1. 1(disz) sag munus en-ne2-{d}la-az mu-ni-im
2. 1(disz) gin2 igi-3(disz)-gal2 ku3-babbar
3. sa10 til-la-ni-sze3
4. ki sza-at-{d}suen-ta
5. geme2-{d}nanna#-[ke4]
6. [in-szi-sa10]
7. [...]
  rest broken
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...]
2'. igi a-ha-ar#-szi-[sze3]
3'. igi szu-{d}nin-szubur-sze3
4'. igi ur-sukkal-sze3
5'. igi-ne-ne-sze3
6'. mu lugal-bi in-pa3
7'. u4 kur2 nu-gi4-gi4
8'. iti ezem-{d}me-ki-gal2
9'. mu en {d}inanna unu{ki} in-pa3
seal 1
1. sza-at-{d}suen
2. dam ur?-[...]
3. [...]

Consult previous versions and their differences
Consult sign list of Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
Consult word list of Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
  • Measurements (mm): 49.0 high × 47.0 wide × 18.0 thick
  • Weight:
  • Artifact Preservation:
  • Condition Description: obv.-- bottom edge damaged. small gouges; tablet was first sealed, then inscribed
  • Join Information:
  • Seal no.:
  • Seal information:
  • Artifact comments:

  • Genre(s): Legal (SM catalogue: sealed tablet: legal document about the sale of a female slave with witnesses)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • primary: MVN 11, 204

    [Owen1982MVN11] Owen, David I. 1982. Selected Ur III Texts from the Harvard Semitic Museum. Materiali per Il Vocabolario Neosumerico 11. Roma: Multigrafica Editrice.

  • history: RIME 3/2, .01.02.91

    [Frayne1997RIME3/2] Frayne, Douglas R. 1997. Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Early Periods, vol. 3/2. University of Toronto Press.

  • history: ZA 69 (1979) 6ff,

    [sec14551] N.d.

  • history: BiOr 41 (1984) 417,

    [sec14552] N.d.

  • history: FAOS 17, p. 315f

    [Steinkeller1989SaleDocuments] Steinkeller, Piotr. 1989. Sale Documents of the Ur-III-Period. Vol. 17. Freiburger Altorientalische Studien. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner.

  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: SM 1911.10.405
  • Accession No.: 08027

  • Provenience: Nippur (mod. Nuffar) [uncertain]
  • Elevation:
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  • Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Dates Referenced: Ibbi-Suen.02.12.00 (Reichskalender)
  • Alternative Years:
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  • Accounting Period: 0

Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2022-07-25 at 13:43:09 Lafont, Bertrand atf Lafont, Bertrand CDLI approved View
2018-03-23 at 19:18:40 CDLI atf CDLI CDLI approved View
2013-06-07 at 12:25:43 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-07-22 at 13:40:27 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-05-02 at 14:19:36 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2006-10-12 at 12:20:52 CDLI atf CDLI CDLI approved View
2001-12-20 at 00:00:00 CDLI artifact Ajango, Kelsey M.; Aupperle, Eric; Cripps, Eric L.; Dahl, Jacob L.; Englund, Robert K.; Foxvog, Daniel A.; Freedman, Sally M.; Galador, Louis; Guerra, Dylan; Heinle, Michael; Hilgert, Markus; Jones, Jillian; Lafont, Bertrand; Molina, Manuel; Reid, Nicholas; Reynolds, Kathryn R.; Santoïemma, Loïc CDLI approved View

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This artifact is impressed by the following seal(s):

Seal Provenience Period Date
CDLI Seals 004046 (composite) (P456756) Nippur (mod. Nuffar) Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

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Cite this Artifact
“MVN 11, 204 Artifact Entry.” 2001. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). December 20, 2001. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P116217.
MVN 11, 204 artifact entry (No. P116217). (2001, December 20). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P116217
MVN 11, 204 artifact entry (2001) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P116217 (Accessed: October 4, 2023).
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	note = {[Online; accessed 2023-10-04]},
	year = {2001},
	month = {dec 20},
	title = {MVN 11, 204 artifact entry},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P116217},
}

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LB  - CDLI:P116217
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