Height: 64.000 cm
Width: 18.000 cm
Room 55: Mesopotamia
Boundary stone (kudurru)
Babylonian, about 1125-1104
From Sippar, southern Iraq
A legal statement about the freeing of taxes and obligations.
The text sets out the details of how Nebuchadnezzar rewarded Ritti-Marduk by freeing the towns of Bit-Karziyabku, of which Ritti-Marduk was head-man, from the jurisdiction of the neighbouring city. His reward included giving the inhabitants freedom from all taxation, from forced labour, and from liability to arrest by imperial soldiers. It also prevented the billeting of imperial soldiers on the towns.
The texts list thirteen high officials who were present at the granting of the charter, and invokes nine gods to protect the monument. There are also twenty divine symbols carved in relief.
D. Collon, Ancient Near Eastern art (London, The British Museum Press, 1995)
L.W. King, Babylonian boundary stones and (London, Trustees of the British Museum, 1912)