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British Museum Society Tablet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    140855

  • Title (object)

    • British Museum Society Tablet
  • Description

    Clay tablet; record of beer; impressed with five different types of numerical symbol.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3100BC-3000BC (between)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.4 centimetres
    • Width: 6.87 centimetres
    • Thickness: 2.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Comment

        Record of beer
  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 cat.no.15, pp.90-94 bibliographic details
    • Saggs 1995a p. 47, fig. 25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects’ 2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 1990 15 May-29 Jul, Germany, Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Frühe Schrift und Techiken der Wirtschaftsverwaltung im alten Vorderen Orient

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1989

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased through auction of the Erlenmeyer collection in London at Christie's (lot 46). This tablet is to be known as the "British Museum Society" tablet on account of a substantial donatrion being made towards its acquisition by the British Museum Society (later Friends).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    140855

  • Registration number

    1989,0130.4

Clay tablet; record of beer; five different types of numerical symbol are used.

Clay tablet; record of beer; five different types of numerical symbol are used.

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