May 11, 2023 10:00 EST

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  Lot 42
 

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Estate / Collection: The Margolis Collection

[EARLY WRITING]
Mesopotamian terracotta cuneiform tablet, Third Dynasty of Ur.
circa 1973-1964 B.C. Clay tablet, housed in a fitted felt-padded clamshell case. 3 1/8 x 2 inches (8 x 5 cm); inscribed recto and verso in Sumerian cuneiform, from the reign of King Shu-Sin, with several figural outlines front and back, one offering a cup, likely from a cylinder seal. Chipped at corners affecting text, portions on verso scraped with loss.

Apparently a merchant's accounts from the kingdom of Sumer and Akkad, the 6th year of the rein of Shu-Sin. An exceptional attractive example of cuneiform writing, and as early an expression of calligraphy as can reasonably be obtained.

Sold for $1,750
Estimated at $1,500 - $2,500

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Estate / Collection: The Margolis Collection

[EARLY WRITING]
Mesopotamian terracotta cuneiform tablet, Third Dynasty of Ur.
circa 1973-1964 B.C. Clay tablet, housed in a fitted felt-padded clamshell case. 3 1/8 x 2 inches (8 x 5 cm); inscribed recto and verso in Sumerian cuneiform, from the reign of King Shu-Sin, with several figural outlines front and back, one offering a cup, likely from a cylinder seal. Chipped at corners affecting text, portions on verso scraped with loss.

Apparently a merchant's accounts from the kingdom of Sumer and Akkad, the 6th year of the rein of Shu-Sin. An exceptional attractive example of cuneiform writing, and as early an expression of calligraphy as can reasonably be obtained.

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