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tablet case / tablet / seal-impression

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    131449

  • Description

    Cuneiform tablet, still in its clay case: legal case from Niqmepuh, King of Iamhad (Aleppo) concerning the legacy of two houses; the seal impressions of ten witnesses (including the king) survive on the fragmentary case. Grooves framing same impressions were made by metal caps, probably of gold.

  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1720BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.94 inches
    • Width: 2 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Comment

        legal case from Niqmepuh, King of Iamhad (Aleppo) concerning the legacy of two houses
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Comment

        of ten witnesses (including the king)
  • Bibliography

    • Frayne, RIME 4 RIM.E.4.33.5.2001-2002 bibliographic details
    • Frayne, RIME 4 RIM.E.4.33.6.1.3 bibliographic details
    • Frayne, RIME 4 RIM.E.4.33.6.2001.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G57/LEV/11

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2000 14 May-29 Oct, Germany, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Seven Hills – Images and Signs of the 21st Century

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1953

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated between 1936 and 1949.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    131449

  • Registration number

    1953,0711.4

  • Additional IDs

    • ATT/39/113 (excavation number)

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