M0005812: Sumerian cuneiform tablet

17 October 1938
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Also known as

Previous title, replaced August 2020: Sumerian Cuneifurm Tablet.


Photograph of a Sumerian cuneiform tablet concerning a consignment of North Syrian cedar-wood (evidently imported from Lebanon) to be used in ship building. Dated "year after the land of Urbillu was devastated", (49th year of King Shulgi, IIIrd Dynasty of Urbillu, 2227 BC).


17 October 1938

Physical description

1 photograph glass plate negative; 12 x 16.5 cm


Catalogue data comes from a combination of entries in the original glass plate registers, metadata created when the glass plates were digitised in the early 2000s and enhancements made by the cataloguer in 2020.

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