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The Amarna Letters

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    E29788

  • Title (series)

    • The Amarna Letters
  • Description

    Clay tablet. Letter from the king of Alashiya to the king of Egypt; 55 lines; text is divided into 13 paragraphs; the actual letter begins at line 10.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1375BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.75 inches
    • Width: 3.875 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
  • Curator's comments

    References to Alashiya as a supplier of copper in return for finished articles occur in other Near Eastern documents between the 18th and 12th centuries BC. Alashiya is often thought to be Cyprus and the documents therefore evidence of the island's role in the copper trade, however such an identification is not entirely assured. cf. Hellbing, Alasia Problems, 71-72. See Artzy, JNES 35, 171-182
    W. Moran, The Amarna letters (Baltimore 1992), pp. 107-109

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  • Bibliography

    • Sigrist M et al 2006a bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Tallis 2012 15 bibliographic details
    • Knudtzon, J A 1915a 35 bibliographic details
    • Bezold 1892a 5 bibliographic details
    • Oppenheim A L 1967a no. 66 bibliographic details
    • Leichty E et al 1988a p.173 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G72/dc14

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2012 24 May - 30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'

  • Condition

    Good?.

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1888

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Budge in Egypt.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    E29788

  • Registration number

    1888,1013.37

Clay tablet, letter from the King of Alashiya to the King of Egypt; King of Alashiya greets the King of Egypt as his brother and promises to send him copper in return for an ebony bed encrusted with gold, a golden chariot, horses, linen and sweet oil; he speaks of an alliance between them and complains that he has not yet received the oil and linen already requested; 55 lines; text is divided into 13 paragraphs; the actual letter begins at line 10.  Obverse bottom.

Obverse

Clay tablet, letter from the King of Alashiya to the King of Egypt; King of Alashiya greets the King of Egypt as his brother and promises to send him copper in return for an ebony bed encrusted with gold, a golden chariot, horses, linen and sweet oil; he speaks of an alliance between them and complains that he has not yet received the oil and linen already requested; 55 lines; text is divided into 13 paragraphs; the actual letter begins at line 10. Obverse bottom.

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