Property transfer or “tablet of exchange”

Clay tablet

Nuzi, c. 1500-1350 B.C.E.

This tablet outlines how Tehip-tilla, our friend from the last tablet, has arranged to transfer houses with two individuals in the towns of Arrapha and (?)-zilakku. The tablet is not in very good condition. In Nuzi, there was a tradition of writing one tablet laying out the terms of an initial agreement, and writing a second, or declaration, tablet for the original owner of a property to relinquish his claim to it.  In other words, a declaration tablet is a kind of quitclaim deed.  The declaration tablet for FLP 1282 has never been excavated.

Several different cylinder seal impressions can be clearly seen on this tablet.

FLP 1282


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