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Cuneiform Tablet.
(Mesopotamia) (c. 2000 BCE) - A fine example of what is considered to be one of the earliest forms of writing, and also one of the earliest miniature books. In ancient Mesopotamia (current-day Iraq), baked clay tablets incised with tiny cuneiform script, which was based on picture-symbols, were used in the writing of several languages, most notably Sumerian, Babylonian, and Akkadian. Although examples have been discovered bearing portions of literary texts, such as the epic of Gilgamesh, most of these tablets were essentially the equivalent of administrative documents, detailing the receipt of goods and lists of commodities or services exchanged or sold. This particular tablet is read across from left to right and then turned on the horizontal axis to read the text on the reverse. Small accession number label to bottom, else very fine. (1 1/8 by 1; 28x25mm).
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Last Found On: 2014-11-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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