Length: 9.000 inches
Width: 5.000 inches
Room 55: Mesopotamia
Boundary stone (kudurru)
Kassite dynasty, about 1125-1100
Probably from southern Iraq
A legal statement about the ownership of a piece of land
gods are invoked to protect the monument, along with seventeen
divine symbols. The symbols of the important Mesopotamian gods are
most prominent: the solar disc of the sun-god
A prominent snake is shown on many kudurru and may, like many of the symbols, be related to the constellations. The text ends with curses on anyone who removes, ignores or destroys the kudurru.
The Sealand was one of the wealthiest regions of Babylonia. A dynasty called 'Sealand' first appears in records dating to the middle of the second millennium BC. It controlled the coastline of the south of Iraq and thus the trade routes down the Gulf. The Sealand rulers were defeated by the Kassite kings of Babylon in the fifteenth century BC and governors like Eanna-shum-iddina were appointed to administer the region.
L.W. King, Babylonian boundary stones and (London, Trustees of the British Museum, 1912)