Clay tablet containing 25 lines of
Sumerian cuneiform in obverse,
reverse and the left edge.
With the exception of a minute spot
of damage to the obverse, the tablet
is in excellent condition.
It is an administrative document
from the period of the Third Dynasty
of Ur, dated to the second year of
Ibai-Sin, the last king of the dynasty,
during the year 2017 BC. ca.
It contains a list of rations, being
issued to official messengers and the
translation follows :
...3 silla of soup, 2 fish: La-qipum, cup-
kings's messenger when he went for the
1 silla of soup, 1 fish:...-Sin, king's
1 silla of soup, 1 fish: Aba-dan, king's
1 silla of soup, 1 fish: Abi-banum, king's
messenger, when they went from Der to the
1 silly of soup, 1 fish, Abu-tab, king's
when he went to Der
2 silla of soup, 2 fish: Shuqatum, king's
messenger when he went to arrest the
men, servants of Ninhursag
1 silla of soup, 1 fish: Pululu, groom when he
went to Anshebaran-Zikum
1 silla of soup, 1 fish: Shu-Adad, barber when
Disbursement of the month Kirsi'ak
Year: the High Priestess of Inanna of Uruk
chosen by divination, 22nd day
Ninhursag is the Sumerian Mother goddess
one of the oldest and most important dieties
he Mesopotamian pantheon.
All temples had plenty of staff used for a
Silla was a measure of capacity, about .85 of
The importance of this tablet lies int he
explanation of th purposes of many of the
journeys of these messengers, when other
of this category which have been published,
not contain such information.