Middle Bronze Age, Assyrian Colony Period;
First quarter of 2nd mill B.C.
Language: old Assyrian
Tablet h. 5.5 cm. w:5.5cm. th:2.7 cm.
Istanbul Archeological Museums, Ka. 165
envelope, unopened. Probably contains a tablet inside. The document appears to be
concerned with a marriage contract, but the real topic is a house belonging to both of
them. The document displays the seals of the married couple themselves and three
The major topics of the marriage contracts seen on the Kültepe tablets are concerned with matters such as having a child, not taking another wife, etc. In this document it is not even clear who took whom. Since the real topic of this document is a house, it may be assumed that this is a case of two old people making a symbolic marriage and a home being provided for them. As the names of the two people who will inherit the house when they die are clearly stated, it may be assumed that the days of the old couple are numbered.
Donbaz 1989, 6,pl. 2:Bilgiç 1990,210;Istanbul 1983,l. A556.