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Grad student in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, mediocre musician, and chronic procrastinator. Here, you'll find posts about books, the ancient world, Mesopotamia, history, art, photos, and other stuff that I happen to find and want to remember.

December 12, 2013 at 1:56pm

An Alabaster Tablet from Mesopotamia

This alabaster tablet (about a foot wide and long) from the Early Dynastic period bears a royal inscription in Sumerian that lists the spoils of war from various battles and, in particular, the number of prisoners taken from specific towns. For example, lines 4-5 of the first column list that 2400 prisoners were taken from Eb (read the full inscription here). The inscription states that it was created at Kish by the scribe Amar-šid and remains in an excellent state of preservation. 

Early Dynastic I-II (c. 2900-2700 BCE), possibly from Kish.

Private collection. Image from CDLI.

(Full inscription published by Piotr Steinkeller in Revue d’assyriologie et d’archéologie orientale 107, pp. 131-157.)


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