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Cuneiform tablet: administrative account with entries concerning malt and barley groats

Period:
Jemdet Nasr
Date:
ca. 3100–2900 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, probably from Uruk (modern Warka)
Culture:
Sumerian
Medium:
Clay
Dimensions:
2.68 x 1.77 x .63 in. (6.8 x 4.5 x 1.6 cm)
Classification:
Clay-Tablets-Inscribed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.433.3
  • Provenance

    Until 1988, Erlenmeyer collection, purchased by Professor Hans and Marie-Louise Erlenmeyer between 1943 and the early 1960s; acquired by the Museum in 1988, purchased at the sale of Ancient Near Eastern texts form the Erlenmeyer collection, Christie's, London, December 13, 1988, no. 25.

  • References

    Christie, Manson & Woods. 1988. Ancient Near Eastern texts form the Erlenmeyer collection. 13 December 1988, London, p. 17, pp. 72-73, no. 25.

    Pittman, Holly. 1989. "Three Tablets." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 47 (2), Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1988-1989 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 6-7.

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