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The Middle Assyrian Letter Order VS 1, 105 (VAT 5385)

  • Jacob Jan de Ridder EMAIL logo and Elyze Zomer


In this study, a new edition is provided of the Middle Assyrian tablet VAT 5385, which was published in the first volume of the series “Vorderasiatische Schriftdenkmäler” as no. 105. The tablet has been identified from the start as a letter, although the obverse and reverse were displaced. Additionally, the previous copy in VS 1, 105 misses out one line completely, while a full edition of the text has never been presented. Following our revised edition of the tablet, VS 1, 105 is a letter order, written by a high official to his subordinates, ordering them to bring barley from the otherwise unknown geographical places of Ḫirdiš and Sammalūnu. While the archaeological context and the addressee, as well as the recipients of the letter, are not preserved, an attempt is made to connect the tablet to the individual Adad-šar-nišē, who is mentioned on two occasions in the text.


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VAT 5385


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Upper edge

Left edge

Published Online: 2016-11-29
Published in Print: 2016-12-1

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