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Letter of Yahtiru, ruler of a city in the southern coastal plain, to the king of Egypt (replica)

Letter of Yahtiru, ruler of a city in the southern coastal plain, to the king of Egypt (replica)

Letter of Yahtiru, ruler of a city in the southern coastal plain, to the king of Egypt (replica)

Clay

H: 10 cm

Accession number:

67.4.422

Archaeology/Chalcolithic & Canaanite Periods

Inscription:
"Say to the king, my lord, my god, my Sun: Message of Yahtiru, your servant, the dirt at your feet. I fall at the feet of the king, my lord, my god, my Sun, 7 times and 7 times. Moreover, I am indeed the loyal servant of the king, my lord. I looked this way, and I looked that way, and there was no light. Then I looked toward the king, my lord, and there was light. A brick may move from under its partner, still I will not move from under the feet of the king, my lord. May the king, my lord, inquire of Yanhamu, his commissioner. When I was young, he brought me into Egypt. I served the king, my lord, and I stood at the city gate of the king, my lord. May the king, my lord, inquire of his commissioner whether I guard the city gate of Gaza and the city gate of Jaffa, and (whether) where the archers of the king, my lord, march, I march with them. And indeed, now that I have placed the … of the yoke of the king, my lord, on my neck, I carry it."

Exhibitions:

Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 04/03/2016 - 31/12/2017