Land grant to Marduk-apla-iddina I, by Meli-Shipak II.
A 0.7m grey limestone entitlement stele, which records the gift of four tracts of cultivated land with settlements by Kassite king of Babylon, Meli-Šipak (ca. 1186–1172 BC ), to Marduk-apla-iddina, whom seems to be described as his servant (“he granted his servant”). Mesopotamian gods are shown graphically in segments on the stone.
The tex concludes with unusual blessings and (rather gruesome) curses:

“may she place in his body her oozing (sores), a persistent carbuncle, of no release, so that, for as long as he lives, he may bathe in blood and pus like water!”

Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by boris doesborg.

Land grant to Marduk-apla-iddina I, by Meli-Shipak II.

A 0.7m grey limestone entitlement stele, which records the gift of four tracts of cultivated land with settlements by Kassite king of Babylon, Meli-Šipak (ca. 1186–1172 BC ), to Marduk-apla-iddina, whom seems to be described as his servant (“he granted his servant”). Mesopotamian gods are shown graphically in segments on the stone.

The tex concludes with unusual blessings and (rather gruesome) curses:

“may she place in his body her oozing (sores), a persistent carbuncle, of no release, so that, for as long as he lives, he may bathe in blood and pus like water!”

Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by boris doesborg.

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