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Cuneiform Collection – SMM 3

Cuneiform Collection – SMM 3

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Museum #: SMM 14/20 (14/3) Period: Ur III Dynasty
Publ. #: SET 16 Date: Amar-Suen, year 5, mo. 1, day 30; ca. 21st cen BCE
Acquired from: C. Ames, 1915 Provenience: Puzrish-Dagan (Drehem), Iraq
Sumer-Southern Mesopotamia
Measurements: H 31, W 29, Th 13mm Culture: Sumerian
Condition: Intact; baked Language: Sumerian
Description: Cuneiform tablet; receipt for small cattle

Transliteration: Translation:
obv. 1. 6 sila4 1-5. Six lambs, one (goat-)kid, day 30, from Abbasaga, Intaea took in charge.*
2. 1 máš
3. u4 30.kam
4. ki Ab-ba-ša6-
ga-ta
lo. e. (blank)
rev. 5. In-ta-è-
a ì-dab5
6. iti maš-dà-kú 6. Month of eating gazelle,
7. mu En-unu6 gal dInnin ba-cuneiform inscriptionun
left edge: 7
7. year Enunugal(anna) was installed (as en-priest of) Inanna (of Uruk)
left edge: 7

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cuneiform inscription

cuneiform inscription

cuneiform inscription

cuneiform inscription

Discussion

* Abbasaga and Intaea were officials in charge of the royal cattle bureau at Puzrish-Dagan during the reign of Amar-Suen. They and their colleagues generated multitudinous little tablets like this one, recording their receipt of incoming sheep and goats. Another tablet formatted the same way as SMM 3, dated to the same year, and likewise bearing a total on the left edge, is UM 5 (published as SET 17), kept in Special Collections and Rare Books in the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.