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Ancient Mesopotamian and Sumerian Cuneiform Tablets For Sale
Old Babylonian and Ur III (c. 2150 -- 1700 BC)

Sumerian and Mesopotamian artifacts are quite rare, and prized on the collector market. Because of this, countless destructive archaeological atrocities have been committed, including the pillaging of museums and looting of archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. This destruction must stop, and I hope that all of those ill-gotten artifacts find their way back to where they belong. Every single item I offer for sale here has been painstakingly authenticated and the legal origin of their source determined. These come from old private collections, museum deaccessions, and auctions with proven legal ownership outside their country of origin prior to 1970 and the UNESCO treaty. Enjoy!


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A fantastic small collection of cuneiform tablets from the collection of Ernest Freemark (1882-1966), collected between 1913 and 1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, New York, by descent (the famous Knickerbocker family of New York). Each comes with a full copy of the envelope, letter, and identifications provided. This includes: Letter from the University of Michigan, dated April 29, 1952, from George G. Cameron, Chairman, Department of Near Eastern Studies. "Cuneiform Documents in the possession of E.C. Freemark, Elmore, Ohio." "The tablets were all rebaked and translated by Albrecht Goetze of Yale University"


Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, about 2118 BC. Record of animals expended for sacrifices. "1 female donkey, grain fed, 1 male goat (for) Enlil, 1 female donkey […..], 1 […..] calf (for) Ninlel, in […..]. Reverse: At royal expense, 26th day, were expended by Duggali. Through Dada, the sar-ra-ab-du-official, and Dugga, the oeconomus. Month 9, year Amar-Suen 5. Light pink color, nice, fine cuneiform characters covereing both sides and two edges. Measures 45x38x17 mm (1 3/4" x 1 3/8" x 3/8" thick). Freemark reference #3 with his numbered tag inked on edge. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2062: $950 SOLD


Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, from Drehem. c. 2121 BC. Record concerning the receipt of men, sheep and goats. "633 various ewes, men, sheep (and) goats". From Naram-ili / Ur-nigin-gar. Rev.: received / Month 1 / Year Shulgi. 48. Excellent surfaces, deep-cut cuneiform inscriptions all around, traces of the fingerprints of the maker still visible on one edge. This is an outstanding and extremely rare example, with full hand-written transcription and translation from 1913 (see at right). Measures 36x35x17 mm (1 3/8" x 1 5/16" x 1/2"). Freemark reference #1 with his numbered tag inked on edge. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2060: $1800 SOLD


A nice terracotta Ur III cuneiform tablet, c. 2112-2004 BC, containing 6 lines of text on either side. 1 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in (3.5 x 3.3 cm). Intact, light deposits. Ex collection of Addis Finney, a chemical engineer from Akron, OH, whose professional career was based in Basil, Switzerland from 1935-1965. #AP2111: $950


A nice Ur III administrative tablet, from year 9 of King Amar-Suen, c. 2047 - 1940 BC. With five lines of cuneiform script on one side and four lines on the other. Text reads: 120/6 grain-fed sheep, 19 sheep, day 19, Itti-Suen took from Abba-shaga. Month III. Year "The en-priestess of Nanna of Karzida was selected" (year 9 of King Amar-Suen). H: 1 1/5 in (3.1cm), W: 1 1/8 in (2.8cm). An attractive tablet with light deposits. Ex New Jersey private antiquities collection. #AP2117: $950




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Sumeria/Mesopotamia, c. 2nd Millennium BC. Large terracotta fragment with cuneiform text. The incised characters neatly laced within five vertical columns. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2", 1 1/2" thick! Very neat piece. ex-Sue McGovern, Sands of Time; Ex Paul Ilton collection, acquired prior to 1950. #AP2055: $475 SOLD



Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, from Drehem. c. 2117 BC. Record concerning sheep. "1 gukkal sheep, 1 alum sheep, on the 25th day from Abba-shagga. Reverse: Uta-misaram took over, Month 3, year Amar-Suen 6. Measures 29x29x13mm (1 1/8" x 1 1/8" x 1/2"). Deep-cut cuneiform inscriptions on both sides and one edge. Freemark reference #5 with his numbered tag inked on edge. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2064: $650 SOLD

Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, probably from Drehem, about 2120 BC. Record concerning outgoing animals. Date illegible. Measures 40x35x15 mm (1 9/16" x 1 5/16" x 1/2"). Surfaces mostly worn but cuneiform text visible. Freemark reference #4 with his numbered tag inked on edge. This one does not come with an entry in the itemized letter/list but came from the same group. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2063: $299 SOLD

Old Babylonian, 1954 BC (Larsa). Record concerning delivery of barley. No month, Year Abi-sare 6. Old Babylonian. Cf. No. 13. Deep-cut cuneiform inscription, "1 gallon 2 quarts of barely delivered by Ili-ennam, … Sealed by Ninurta-…. Year The hiritum canal of Larsa was dug.” Measures 43x32x13 mm (1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1/2"). Freemark reference #15 with his numbered tag inked on edge. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2068: $675 SOLD

Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, about 2140 BC. Record concerning the receipt of […?]. (of") the garden of Shulgi-insina / From Sharakam / (as) delivery / [Ku]lia [re]ceived. Reverse: [lost]. Measures 38x30mm (1 1/2" x 1 3/16"). Gorgeous color, sharp detail. Freemark reference #2 with his numbered tag inked on edge. ex-Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, NY. #AP2061: $699 SOLD