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BT 136

  • CDLI P522846
  • Collection no.: IM —
  • Excavation no.: BT 137
  • Primary publication(s): BT 136


  • Provenience: Balawat (Imgur-Enlil)
  • Archive: 001 - Mamu Temple, Room 8

Object Details

  • Object type: tablet
  • Material: clay
  • Script: Neo-Assyrian
  • Sealed/Marked: yes
  • Seal/Mark Type: stamp seal
  • Number of Sealings:
  • Seal Owner(s): Nabû-šezibanni

Text Details

  • Language: Akkadian (Neo-Assyrian)
  • Genre: Legal Transaction
  • Seller: Nabû-šezibanni
  • Buyer: Mamu-iqbi
  • Creditor:


  • Period: Neo-Assyrian
  • Reign: Sennacherib (704–681 BC)
  • Dated: yes, but date partially preserved
  • Date: 686-[...]-[...] ([..., epony]my of Bēl-[ēmur]anni)

BT 136

o 1o 1

[NA₄].⸢KIŠIB mdPA-še-zib-a-ni

(1) Seal of Nabû-šēzibanni, village manager, the owner of the moat, from the edge of the city wall to the bank of the moat, which is being sold.

o 22


o 33

EN ḫi-ri-ṣi a-di BÀD-šú

o 44

a⸣-di šap-ti ḫi-ri-ṣi-šú SUM-an

three stamp seal impressions
o 55

TA* ŠÀ⸣-bi na-me-ri ša ZAG

(5) (The extent of the property is) from the right embankment to the doorjambs of the wall to Nineveh. Adjoining a wall and adjoining the road to Nineveh. Mamu-iqbi has contracted and acquired it for thirty minas of copper to clear (for cultivation). (There are) no straw or corn taxes. He will have the usufruct of the field for fifteen crop years and fifteen fallow years. Thirty years. Whoever breaks the contract []

o 66

[a]-⸢di si-ip-pi ša du-u-ri

o 77

a⸣-na NINA.KI SUḪUR du⸣-u-ri

o 88


o 99

ú⸣-piš-ma mdMA.⸢⸣-iq-bi

o 1010

[ina] ŠÀ⸣-bi ⸢30? MA.NA URUDU⸣.MEŠ

o 1111

a-na pa-ṭu-ri i?-si?-?

o 1212

la ši-ib-si la nu-sa-ḫi

o 1313

[15] me-ri-še ⸢15 ka-rap-ḫi

o 1414

[x 30] MU⸣.AN.NA.MEŠ

o 1515

[e]-⸢da⸣-nu šá-kín

r 1r 1

[man-nu ša] GIL⸣-u-ni

r 22

[x x x x x]-⸢an?

r 33

[x x x x x]+x-⸢ri

r 44

[x x x x x]+x-⸢ni-me

r 55

[IGI m]man-nu-⸢GAZ?⸣-nu

(r 5) [Witness:] Mannu-GAZ-nu. Witness: Ṣalmu, Babilāya. Witness: Tikasu. Bīssunu. Witness: Gula-šumu-lēšir. Witness: Balasî. Witness: Rībāti. Witness: Nārānu. Witness: Bana[]. Witness: []-šākin-šulmi. [Witness: ]. Witness: Šulmu-ahhē. [ ep]onym year of Bēl-ēmuranni. []

r 66

IGI mṣal⸣-mu m.DINGIR⸣-a-a

r 77

IGI mti-ku-su mbi-sún

r 88


r 99

IGI mba-la-si-⸢i

r 1010


r 1111

IGI mna-ra-a-nu

r 1212

IGI mba-na-[x]

r 1313

[IGI mx]+x-⸢ša⸣-kín-⸢DI-me

r 1414

[IGI mx-x-x] IGI mDI-mu-⸢PAB.MEŠ

r 1515

[x x lim]-mu mEN-⸢IGI.LAL⸣-a-ni

r 1616

[x x x x] ŠÀ⸣-bi GUB?⸣.BA.ME

r 1717

[x x x x x]+x i?-[x x]

Adapted from Barbara Parker, “Tablets from the Temple of Mamu at Balawat,” Iraq 25 (1963): 86–103, by Jamie Novotny and Poppy Tushingham (2021) for the Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative (MOCCI), which is funded by LMU Munich and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The text was lemmatized by Jamie Novotny. The online edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as