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The Goldsmith Zuzu(l)li and the Find-spots of the Inventory Texts from Ḫattuša

Giulia Torri

Abstract

This paper analyses the sources concerning the goldsmith Zuzul(l)i and his ties with other craftsmen and scribes of Ḫattuša in the 13th century BC. It will be proposed that the seal BoHa 14, 181, with the name Zuzuli and the title BONUS2 SCRIBA, found in the debris of the Haus am Hang (House on the Slope), could be attributed to him because of his dual role of goldsmith and overseer. In addition, the function of the HaH as a center of the state economy will be reconsidered on the basis of the analysis of the ancient tablets as well as the testimonies of the earliest scholars who studied the Hittite tablets.

Acknowledgements

This article is part of a research carried out during my stay at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Summer 2015, thanks to a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, on the project “Das Haus am Hang, ein scriptorium in Hattuša” (May 2014–September 2016). I would like to thank Prof. Doris Prechel for her constant assistance during my stay. I would like to thank Prof. Alfonso Archi and Dr. Shai Gordin for comments on previous drafts of it, Dr. Silvia Alaura for giving me her article “Figullas und Hroznýs Arbeit an den Boǧazköy-Tafeln im Kaiserlich-Ottomanischen Museum in Konstantinopel 1914” prior its publication in MDOG 2015 and her useful suggestions.

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