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Rich Woman, Poor Woman.
Nuzi was located east of the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, modern Iraq. The city flourished between approximately 1550-1200 BCE before falling to the Assyrians.
The Semitic Museum gives the following translation and account of events taken place, as recorded on these tablets:
Tulpunnaya was one of the wealthiest women in Nuzi. She lived in the palace, where her private archive was found, and acting with considerable independence, acquiring both property and people in her own name.
Kisaya was at the other end of the economic scale. Having neither fortune nor prospects, she was given by her mother to Tulpunnaya. Their agreement, recorded in Tablet 3, was expressed in terms of adoption, but Kisaya in effect became a servant in Tulpunnaya’s household. Tulpunnaya also had the right to choose Kisaya’s husband among her slaves. Twenty men witnessed this transaction, the seal impressions of some of them can be seen on the reverse of the tablet.
Kisaya had an independent streak, however. She picked her own husband and rejected Tulpunnaya’s choice. Kisaya even tried to convince a court that she did not belong to Tulpunnaya (Tablet 4). However, when Tulpunnaya presented Tablet 3 in court along with six of the witnesses to that agreement, Kisaya was faced with the ordeal of “lifting the gods” in order to win the case. In the end, therefore, Tulpunnaya prevailed, and Kisaya returned to servitude.
3. Tablet (reverse). Yorghan Tepe, Stratum II.
4. Tablet. Yorghan Tepe, Stratum II.
Courtesy of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Photo taken by B.Kelly.