Old Babylonian Clay Cuneiform Tablet


An Old Babylonian pillow-shaped cuneiform tablet moulded from clay. Cuneiform text is visible on both the front and back, although now slightly worn with ageing.

Date: Circa 1900-1700 BC
Condition: Fine condition


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Cuneiform writing was one of the earliest forms of writing, developed in the ancient lands of Mesopotamia. Babylonian society was a complex social structure and had a need, as we do today, to record such things as temple acquisitions, land transactions, financial loans, as well as their epic stories and personal letters. They would write these documents and letters on a wet clay tablet, which was then dried, retaining the inscriptions. Cuneiform is instantly recognisable by the wedge-shaped marks, usually pressed into clay tablets. Indeed, the name ‘cuneiform’ literally means “wedge-shaped”. The text would have been written using a blunt reed.

Weight 26.2 g
Dimensions W 2.9 x H 3.9 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 17284

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