Cuneiform tablet. Collection # UM 1. Publ. # SET 283. Purchased from E. J. Banks, 1913. Measurements (HxWxTh): 40 x 38 x 14 mm. Condition: Intact; baked? Description: Receipt for two reed mats. Period: Ur III, ca. 21st cen. BCE. Provenience: Umma? Date: Amar-Suen, year 9. Seal Impression: Sealed by Lu-Ninšubur, son of Ur-gigir.
obv. 1. 2 kid-šú*-má
2. ki-lá-bi ½ sar
4. ki Ur-dŠul-pa-
rev. 5. kišib Lú-dNin-
(blank space of two lines)
mu en ga-eš
Two reed mats to cover a boat, their size ½ s a r, for a flour(-transport) boat, (in the) place of Ur-Šulpae.
seal of Lu-Ninšubur.
Within the term of office; year the high priest (of Nanna of) Ga-eš was installed.
son of Ur-gigir
scribe of (the god) Šara
40 x 38 x 14 mm
Type of Resource
Three Dimensional Object
obv. Line 1: Presumably, the word intended is gi k i d - m á -š ú - a, “reed mat to cover a boat.”
Line 4: This Ur-Šulpae may be the same as Ur-Šulpae, son of Ur-Ištaran, who, along with his brothers and father, was frequently involved in š à b a l a - a transactions at Umma, according to J. Huehnergard and T. Sharlach, in “A š à b a l a - a tablet,” JCS 52 (2000), pp. 123-5. The tablet (from an unidentified collection) published and discussed in that article records the receipt of reeds “within the b a l a” by Lugale-bansa, also a son of Ur-Ištaran, and brother of Ur-Šulpae. Since Lugale-bansa was typically engaged in supplying reeds and wood for making boats, the authers surmise that the reeds which were the object of that transaction were meant for a boat – as is the case with the reed mats recorded by UM 1.
rev. Line 5: Lu-Ninšubur, son of Ur-gigir, sealed MVN 14, 316, a record of reeds and bitumen from Ur-Šulpae (perhaps the same Ur-Šulpae as in UM 1), with the same seal as he used on UM 1; he impressed a different seal on MVN 14, 512, written several years earlier. The impressions of both seals used by Lu-Ninšubur are catalogued and illustrated by Rudolf Mayr as nos. 363.1-2 in his dissertation, “The Seal Impressions of Ur III Umma” (Leiden, 1997); it was seal no. 363.2 which was impressed on UM 1 (SET 283), which should be added to Mayr's list of impressions of that seal. I am indebted to M. Sigrist for completion of lines 3-4 of the seal legend and for the references to the texts in MVN 14.