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-//Description//: Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametconsectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquaUt enim ad minim veniamquis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequatDuis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariaturExcepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proidentsunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum+//Description//: Towards the beginning of the 20th centuryscholarship on the political economy of early Mesopotamia considered a ‘temple-state’ model (Deimel:1931 and Schneider:1920) which emphasized land ownership by large institutionsThis was subsequently amended by a number of scholars including Diakonoff (1969) and Gelb (1979)who emphasised also the role of private land ownership and economyThis stele provides an example of a transfer of land in an unclear context, adding textual and iconographic evidence to the discussion about early land ownershipCarved on four sidesthis 22 cm high gypsum object shows a large man with an uncertain label, possibly to be read “Ušumgal, the pab-šeš priest of (the diety) Šara” (Gelb et. al: 1989). He is followed by a cohort of three smaller men (possibly leaders of the assembly, the UKKIN), and they all approach a building façade on the other side of which (side D in Gelb’s edition) stands a large female figure with an unclear name and designation. She is followed by a smaller female figure on side C with a similarly unclear adscription. The adscriptions for both of these figures include the sign “DUMU”, “child/offpspring” (note, not specifically ‘daughter’). An amount of land is recorded, about 18 acres of land (18 iku). The text of this Early Dynastic I-II inscription is still poorly understood, highlighting the great amount of work to be done still towards the decipherment of the earliest cuneiform.  
 +(Kathryn Kelley, Oxford University) 
 //Lineart//:OIP 104 Plates (1989), pl. 12-13,16-17 //Lineart//:OIP 104 Plates (1989), pl. 12-13,16-17
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