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some slight value, however, when taken in connection with the
few other indications. The date proposed by Vincent, the age
of Herod the Great, seems to me extremely improbable ; the evi-
dence points to a much later day. The spelling pO*J'2 is dis-
tinctly late; the relative pronoun is * 7 I. not **! (contrast the
Megillath Taanith) ; the noun f7QpD> 'valuable possession,' is
a later Eabbinical word, not even occurring in Onkelos, but fre-
quent in Talmud and Midrash, and noticeably common in Pales-
tinian Syriac (the Judean dialect of about the fifth century
a. d.) The abbreviation p. for tJ'J "Q. points in the same direc-
tion; and finally, the characters of the inscription correspond
as closely to those of the fifth century a. d., and the end of the
fourth century, as to those of any other time, judging from the
scanty material in Chwolson's Corpus and elsewhere. All
things considered, the fifth century seems to me the most prob-
C. C. TOEEET
An Assyrian tablet found in Bombay
The Assyrian clay tablet here presented was discovered in the
storeroom of a house in Girgaum, one of the wards of the city
Brief Notes 143
of Bombay. Through my friend, Dr. Bobert Zimmerman, S.J.,
Professor of Indie Philology in St. Xavier's College, Bombay, it
came into my hands. I recently had the opportunity to
announce the discovery before the Oriental Club of New York,
and at Dr. J. B. Nies's suggestion the tablet was placed in Dr.
C. E. Keiser's hands for decipherment. His reading follows.
Dr. Keiser notes that of the two women sold by -zer-ukin one
was his slave and the other his daughter ; the sityi and paqirannu
officers who are always mentioned in these slave contracts appar-
ently gave over the document guaranteeing ownership. I may
add that it is not known how the relic reached India.
1 -zer-ukin apil-su sa md Samas-etir ina hu-ud lib-bi-su
[ f A] -sar-si-i-biti u 'Ina-biti-pan-kalam-ma-lu-mur-as-su
. . . -su a-na 16 siqlu kaspu a-na simi ha-ri-is a-na
. . -la( ?)-a apil-su sa md Nabu-zer-ukin apil m B-gi-bi id-din
5. [bu-ut] si-hi-i pa-qir-ra-nu sa 'A-sar-si-i-biti
[u f In]a-biti-pan-kalam-ma-lu-mur-su martu-Su la-ta-nu-su
.... -zer-ukin na-si ina a-sa-bi sa f Ku-ut-ta-a assati-su
apil-su sa m Sil-la-a
[apil]-su sa md Lugal-marad-da-ni
ut sa m Ba-di-ilu
arhu SaMtu iimu 22 kan
14. sattu 2 kan md Nabu-kudurri-usur sar Babili 1 ".
. . .-zer-ukin, son of Shamash-etir, in the joy of his heart [i. e.
of his own free will] Asharshi-biti and Ina-biti-pan-kalamma-
lumurashshu his . . . for 16 shekels of silver, for a fixed price,
to . . la, son of Nabu-zer-ukin, son of Egibi, gave (i. e. sold).
(The document of) the sip (and) paqirranu officers, which (was
taken out over) Asharshi-biti (and) Ina-biti-pan-lumurshu his
daughter (and) his slave, . . . -zer-ukin bears. In the presence
of Kiitta his wif e. (Witnesses) , son of Silla;
Nabu-nadin-shum ; -tu; , son of Lugal-marad-
144 Brief Notes
dani ; of Badi-ilu month Shebet, day 22,
year 2 of Nebuchadressar, king of Babylon.
V. S. SUKTHANKAR
New York City.
There has appeared in the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Quarterly
for November, 1919, an "Appreciation" of Prof essor George A.
Barton. It consists of papers by Miss L. P. Smith, of Wellesley
College, Prof. A. L. "Wheeler, of Bryn Mawr College, and Prof.
Morris Jastrow, Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania. It is
accompanied with a Selected Bibliography of Dr. Barton's Pub-
lications, pp. 13-17.
Dr. Truman Michelson, ethnologist in the Bureau of Ameri-
can Ethnology, and professor of ethnology in George Washing-
ton University, has been elected a corresponding member of the
Societe des Americanistes de Paris.
Pere Anastase-Marie de St. Elie, the Carmelite lexicogra-
pher of Baghdad, has written to an American correspondent of
his experiences since the beginning of the war. On Nov. 23',
1914, he was exiled by the Turkish government to Caesarea
(Cappadocia), and allowed to return only in July, 1916. Prior
to the fall of Baghdad in March, 1917, the retreating Turks set
fire to the Carmelite monastery and completely destroyed its
two valuable libraries of oriental and occidental books respec-
tively. Pere Anastase thus saw obliterated the work of 45 years
of his life in preparing an etymological dictionary of the Arabic
language, which was nearing completion. The monthly maga-
zine, Lughat al-'Arab, of which he was the editor, has not ap-
peared since, and will not be published again until the price of
paper and printing is reduced. Orientalists who desire to send
reprints or duplicate books for the reeonstitution of the library
of the Order, may address them to the Bibliotheque, Mission des
Carmes, Baghdad, Mesopotamia.