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Western Asiatic Antiquities

Mesopotamia, Clay Cuneiform Tablet, c. 2400 - 700 B.C.

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Ancient Mesopotamia and Sumerian culture are the "cradle of civilization." Man's recording of history, science, mathematics, and literature began with clay and a reed stylus. Only a small percentage of tablets have been translated. Reading cuneiform is extremely difficult and a word for word translation is often impossible. Often it is only possible to get the gist of a tablet. Most are receipts for payments in kind, the number of lambs, goats, or oxen donated to a temple, for example. This tablet is untranslated but it is perhaps this type of receipt.
AS87307. Buff clay, 5.27 x 4.36 cm; complete and intact, from an American Collection, ex Edgar L. Owen Ltd. (2012), ex collection of a New York City professional entertainer (acquired in 1980's); $700.00 (Ä595.00)


Sumerian, Sumer (Mesopotamia), Diyala Region, Carved Stone Bowl, Pre-Sargonid - Early Dynastic, 3000 - 2500 B.C.

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Carved steatite vessels with geometric motifs were used in the temple of Sin in the Diyala region and the temple of Inanna in Kerman.
AC34353. Carved gray-green steatite bowl, Choice, 4.0 cm (1 5/8") tall, exterior rim diameter 9.4 cm (3 3/4"); cylindrical straight walls from a flat base to a rimless mouth, sides covered with a incised linear semi-circle water-waves pattern ornamentation, two horizontal lines at base; very rare; SOLD


Sumerian, Sumer (Mesopotamia), Diyala Region, Carved Stone Bowl, Pre-Sargonid - Early Dynastic, 3000 - 2500 B.C.

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Carved steatite vessels with geometric motifs were used in the temple of Sin in the Diyala Region and the temple of Inanna in Kerman.
AAC34354. Carved gray-green steatite bowl, Choice, 5.5 cm (2 1/8") tall, exterior rim diameter 9.4 cm (3 5/8"); cylindrical walls gently expanding from a flat base to a rimless mouth, ornamented with incised parallel horizontal lines covering sides completely; complete, intact, scratches; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Buchanan, B. Ancient Near Eastern Seals in the Yale Babylonian Collection. (New Haven, 1981).
Carboni, S. Glass from Islamic Lands: The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum. (New York, 2001).
Deshayes J. Les outils de bronze, de L'indus au Danube (IVe au IIe Millenaire). (Paris, 1960).
Moorey, P. Ancient Bronzes from Luristan. British Museum. (London, 1974).
Muscarella, O.W. Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (New York, 1988).

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Western Asiatic Antiquities