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Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Volume III: Private Archive Texts from the First Millennium B.C.

Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Volume III: Private Archive Texts from the First Millennium B.C.

Spar, Ira, and Eva von Dassow, with contributions by J. N. Postgate and Linda B. Bregstein
2001
540 pages
325 illustrations
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This series of scholarly publications focuses on the collection of cuneiform tablets and inscriptions in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. These objects were acquired largely during the 1880s, when the Metropolitan became the first American museum to collect a substantial number of cuneiform texts. Today, the Museum's holdings total about six hundred texts and fragments. The four volumes in this series will make these texts available in a manner that will instruct and inform as wide an audience as possible.

Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume III: Private Archive Texts from the First Millennium B.C., co-authored by Ira Spar and Eva von Dassow with contributions by J.N. Postgate and Linda B. Bregstein, admits us to the private worlds of several of the leading financial families of Babylon during the Neo- and Late Babylonian periods of Mesopotamian history and illuminates the management and investment practices of family-run Babylonian enterprises. Four Assyrian tablets included here illustrate business practices during Neo-Assyrian times as well. The 164 texts and fragments that comprise the Museum's holdings from private family archives written during the first millennium B.C. are presented in a format that includes copies, transliterations, and commentary together with drawings, photographs, and commentary on stamp seal, cylinder seal, and ring impressions.

Volume I of this series contains 120 tablets, cones, and bricks of the third and second millennia B.C., notably commercial and legal texts as well as letters. Literary and scholastic texts primarily from the first millennium B.C. are forthcoming in Volume II. The current publication, Volume III, covers private archive texts from the first millennium B.C. Volume III, in preparation, will include and edition of cuneiform tablets from Babylonian temples written during the first millennium B.C., along with royal records of the kings of Babylon and Assyria inscribed on bricks, cylinders, and prisms.

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Cuneiform tablet case impressed with stamp seal, for cuneiform tablet 54.117.27b: loan of silver, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 7th century BCE
Cuneiform tablet: loan of silver, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 7th century BCE
Triangular label impressed with stamp seal: for grain loan
, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 7th century BCE
Triangular label impressed with stamp seal: for grain loan

, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 7th century BCE
Cuneiform tablet: sale of real estate, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 7th century BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for silver, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 656 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for silver, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 652 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: purchase of date-palm orchard, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 632 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for silver, Clay, Assyrian
Assyrian
ca. 627 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: fragment of a promissory note for dates, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 569 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for barley, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 568 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: declaraton before witnesses (?), Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 558 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for barley, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 558 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: receipt for barley, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 557 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for cress and barley, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 556 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for [barley (?)], Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 626–551 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for [dates (?)], Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 551 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: quittance, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 550 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: quittance (?), Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 555–539 BCE
Cuneiform tablet: promissory note for barley, Esagilaya archive, Clay, Babylonian
Babylonian
ca. 555–539 BCE
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Spar, Ira, and Eva VonDassow, eds. 2000. Cuneiform texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3: Private archive texts from the first millennium B.C. / Ira Spar and Eva von Dassow. New York.