Cuneiform Tablet: Women Harvesting Barley


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Artifact Identification Cuneiform Tablet: Women Harvesting Barley   (1913.14.0997)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Documentary Artifacts
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  5. Other Documents
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Ur III - Reign of Su-Sin, 2038-2030 BC
Culture Sumerian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 4.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 4.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.6 cm
Weight 31 g
Measuring Remarks On Display.
Materials Ceramic--Earthenware
Manufacturing Processes Inscribing, Handbuilding, Firing
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

Published Description

Here women work in the fields: "93 female workers for 1 day for laying down (barley sheaves) by pairs and pressing (them) with the hand-pole and setting barley (sheaves) against sun and gathering them in the Kamari field, Sara field, and Lamah field, From Adu receipted by Adumu.....The year when the boat of the god Enki was launched."

Description N/A
CDLI NumberP129072 (external link)
Comparanda N/A

Kang, Shin Teke, Sumerian Economic Texts from the Umma Archive: Sumerian and Akkadian Cuneiform Texts in the Collection of the World Heritage Museum of the University of Illinois, Volume II. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1973. Text 115.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Edgar J. Banks Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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