In the late 1990’s, Stephen Osman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, purchased a small cuneiform tablet at a local estate sale. The purchase price was five dollars. Through a generous and informative correspondence with the owner, I am able to offer below the text from Ur III Umma in line art copy, transliteration and translation. It dates to the 6th month of Amar-Suen 4 (thus late fall, ca. 2040 BC), and measures 37 x 37 x 16mm.
|obv.||2(barig) še-ba ´lugal`||2(barig, ca. 120 liters) of ration barley (according to the)
|ki na-ba-sa2-ta||from Nabasa,|
|kišib a-da-ga||sealed document of Adaga.|
|iti šu-numun||Month: “Sowing” (6th month, Umma calendar).|
|rev.||´mu en dnanna maš-e i3-pa3`||Year: “The en-priestess of Nanna was chosen through
extispicy” (Amar-Suen 4).
|ARAD2-zu||is your servant.|