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The Amarna Letters

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    E29832

  • Title (series)

    • The Amarna Letters
  • Description

    Clay tablet inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform; letter from the ruler Yapahu of Gezer to the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III or Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), including a request for help against marauders named as Hapiru (the Biblical Hebrews), a group known in the Near East since the early 2nd millennium BC as raiders, mercenaries and labourers, and later as simply dispossessed and homeless people; 4+4 columns?; 26 lines; complete.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4.25 inches
    • Width: 3.375 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
  • Bibliography

    • Sigrist M et al 2006a bibliographic details
    • Knudtzon, J A 1915a 299 bibliographic details
    • Bezold 1892a 49 bibliographic details
    • Leichty E et al 1988a p.175 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1977a page 14 no. 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G57/dc8

  • Condition

    Good / fair; complete.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1888

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Budge in Egypt.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    E29832

  • Registration number

    1888,1013.45

  • Additional IDs

    • EA 299 (Amarna number)

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