Rare Old Babylonian Clay Cuneiform Tablet Fragment
C. 3rd – 2nd millennium BC
An inscribed, clay cuneiform tablet with script to two faces. Sumerian cuneiform is known as the earliest writing system, developed from pictographs and other various symbols, which were used to represent livestock and trade goods onto clay tablets. It was first developed in Mesopotamia by the Sumerians, around 3000 BC. The are recognised by the wedge-shaped marks, made by pressing a blunt reed into wet clay tablets.
Although repaired, it has good clear text remaining. VERY RARE.
Provenance: Part of a specialised collection of cuneiform texts, the property of a London gentleman and housed in London before 1992. Thence by descent to family members.
Size: H: 45mm x W 54mm