Cuneiform Tablet with Envelope from Alalakh

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 September 2017

This clay tablet still has its clay envelope. The tablet mentions a legal case before Niqmepuh, King of Iamhad (Aleppo) concerning the legacy of two houses. The seal impressions of ten witnesses (including the King) survive on the fragmentary envelope. Grooves framing some impressions were made by metal caps, probably of gold. Circa 1720 BCE. From Level VII Palace at Tell Atchana, modern-day Hatay Province, Turkey. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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