SUMERIAN CUNEIFORM TAG


£250.00

Measurements: 2.4 cm - length

 

Description: A triangular terracotta tag with holes to two corners, the broad surfaces with impressions from the scribe's cylinder seal, overwritten with cuneiform text to two faces and one edge. The term "cuneiform" refers both to the symbols and the inscription technique used on the tablets. As a method of writing, cuneiform is well suited to its medium. All it takes is a block of flattened clay and a chopstick-like stylus to make the wedges with. The individual symbols evolved into a system of about 750 signs, of which about 300 were in common use by the mid-third millennium BC.

 

Reference: Ex Rihani collection.

 

Period: 3rd – 2nd millennium BC

 

Condition: Fine condition, slight chips and cracks, please refer to the photos.

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