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Juglet25 viewsEgypt, Pottery Juglet, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786 - 1567 B.C.
Tell el-Yahudiyeh style juglet; smooth, with no stippling.
Black, wheel-made, tall neck, flare rim, wide shoulders, decreasing to small pedestal base, strap handle, 3 " tall, Intact.
Possibly Hyksos or Ancient Israelite in origin. This style juglet would have been a luxury item containing perfumed oil.
cf. ROM 46 2:23;
ex. Alex G. Malloy Collection
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Persian Siglos12 viewsOBV: King runs or kneels right, holding a transverse
spear and bow. Large round incuse punch. With
two smaller test cut (punches) - one rectangular
shaped, the other V shaped. Merchant's mark in
shape of a key or priestly instrument.
REV: Oblong punch with no die image. Incuse U-shaped
merchant's mark on bottom edge of coin.

485 B.C. - 420 B.C.
5.56gm 15mm
Tiger Tongue and Canoe Money of SE Asia19 viewsSilver, billon and bronze denominations of proto-coinage
ingots in the shape of tiny boats or also what is known
as "tiger tongue" money (bottom image). Shapes were
stamped into the metal. This type of currency was issued
in the NE Thailand region of Isaan and also the Lan
Chang Laotian kingdom which bordered Isaan to the north.
I have several types which vary in size from 5-18cm. It is
estimated that this currency was traded from the 13th up
to modern days in the late 1800s.
Ur III Cuneiform Tablet42 viewsObverse
1 18 male-workers [1/3 liter pig-fat (each)];
3 6 grinding maiden 1/2 liter each;
4 its pig-fat (a total of) 9 liter.
5 (The above are) oil-rations of his male-workers and grinding maiden
6 votive offering of the king.

7 Received.
8 (Issued) via Ur-dingira [gudu]-priest of the king.
9 Expenditure for
10 the [13th intercalary] month.
11 Year: Ibbi-Suen became king.

Description: Small baked tablet, measuring 3.5x4 cm. Intact, but the first (double)
line is covered with slime, and hence only partly legible. Inscribed with regular Ur III
ductus. Date formula: Ibbi-Sin 1 (=2028 BCE).

Content: Receipt for the expenditure of pig-fat (-ah) of 13th (intercalary) month of the first year of the reign of Ibbi-Sin (the fifth and last king of the Third Dynasty of Ur). The pig-fat is designated as "oil rations" (-ba) for 18 male-workers (guru) and 6 grinding maiden (geme2 kikken2 ). The issue was controlled by Ur-dingira, a royal gudu-priest (Akkadian pāiu, lit. "the anointed one"), and it came from the royal treasury, as a votive offering/gift (a-ru-a ) of the king (lugal).

Notes: All words in brackets are uncertain or restored. The number of the male-workers and their ration (not readable on the tablet) are computed on the basis of the assumption that we are dealing here with a team of (temple) personnel, with a ratio of one female grinder on every three male-workers. The task of the female grinders was probably to grind the barley and provide food for the whole team; the fat was for cooking the food. This ration is attested in other similar documents. The term "votive offering/gift" is somewhat obscure, but since these are temple personnel, it is natural that the king donates the pig-fat.

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