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The Blau monuments

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dc.coverage.spatial Discovery location: probably Iraq en_US
dc.coverage.temporal creation date: ca.3100 BCE en_US
dc.creator Unknown en_US
dc.date 3100 BCE en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-28T17:56:05Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-28T17:56:05Z
dc.date.issued -3200--3000 en_US
dc.identifier 110604 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/24976 en_US
dc.description The two stone tablets seem to form a pair, though it is not fully understood what they were used for, and what they mean. However, it is widely accepted that they record a transaction in which land was exchanged for various goods, with the carved figures representing the individuals involved. They thus represent an early form of Mesopotamian kudurru or boundary stone. The pictographs on the long pointed tablet appear to record the size of a field, while the half-moon-shaped tablet lists what seems to be the purchase price and/or additional payments. The tablets, made of a slatey schist, were once thought to be fakes. However, clay tablets found in later excavations at the site of Uruk, in southern Mesopotamia, had similar archaic script. Other images of the carved figures helped to show that the Blau monuments were authentic. The monuments are named after a previous owner, Dr A. Blau. en_US
dc.description full view en_US
dc.format.extent width: 7.62 cm, width: 3 inches, length: 16.03 cm, length: 6.31 inches en_US
dc.format.medium schist en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 132523 en_US
dc.subject Stone carving en_US
dc.subject Iraq --Antiquities en_US
dc.subject Sales records en_US
dc.title The Blau monuments en_US
dc.type Image en_US
dc.rights.access All rights reserved en_US
dc.publisher.institution Repository: British Museum (London, England) ID: ME 86260;ME 86261 en_US
vra.culturalContext Sumerian en_US
vra.culturalContext Mesopotamian en_US
vra.technique carving (processes) en_US
vra.worktype Tablet en_US
dc.contributor.display Sumerian, Mesopotamian en_US


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