Dilmun was a kingdom located in the Persian Gulf, including the island of Bahrain.[[87]] Assurbanipal sent no. 75 to Hundaru of Dilmun on 647*-VI-13. Hundaru was somehow associated with Nabû-bel-šumati because the king mentions Nabû-bel-šumati and Elam in broken contexts in the letter, and in ABL 791, Bel-ibni informs the king about the property of Nabû-bel-šumati that had been taken from Dilmun. In no. 75, the king tells Hundaru that he has seen the treaty tablet that Hundaru sent to him, and was ready to conclude a treaty with him on the condition that he would be unconditionally devoted to him. Towards the end of the letter, he confirms that he will give Hundaru the kingship of Dilmun.

Assurbanipal's promise in no. 75 was actually fulfilled. The royal inscriptions of Assurbanipal, which is datable to c. 638,[[88]] record that Hundaru, the king of Dilmun, came to Nineveh every year without interruption with his heavy tribute.[[89]]

87 Fuchs 1994, 430.

88 Novotny 2003, 215.

89 Borger and Fuchs, 282-283 and 294, IIT 129-131. See also ABL 458. Its author, possibly Bel-ibni, says that he is sending 'Idru, the muribbānu of Hundaru, who is carrying the tribute of Dilmun to the palace.

Sanae Ito

Sanae Ito, 'Dilmun', The Correspondence of Assurbanipal, Part I: Letters from Assyria, Babylonia, and Vassal States, SAA 21. Original publication:Winona Laka, IN, Eisenbrauns, 2018; online contents: SAAo/SAA21 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 [http://oracc.org/saao/saa21/thecontentsoftheletters/dilmun/]

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