- Museum number
Solid terracotta sphere (known as balls or boules) inscribed before firing with six signs of Cypro-Minoan script (nos. 42, 35, 45, 46, 28 and 20 in Masson's system); brown clay with a polished surface.
- Production date
Diameter: 2 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a discussion of inscribed clay balls (boules), the most common inscribed objects from LBA Cyprus, see Ferrara 2012, 90-124, 177-88 and Appendix 3 (with her comments on the present item on p. 108). A range of interpretations has been offered over the years, summarised by Ferrara (117-124) - weights, pre-monetary financial unit, votive pebbles, gaming pieces, divination pieces, 'identity cards' and a variety of administrative uses or symbols of status.
Ferrara 2013 provides a comprehensive corpus of all Cypro-Minoan inscriptions which should be used in conjunction with her second volume of analysis.
Ferrara, S. 2012, Cypro-Minoan inscriptions. Volume 1: Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Ferrara, S. 2013, Cypro-Minoan inscriptions. Volume II: The corpus (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Masson, E. 1971, Étude de vignt-six boules d’argile inscrites trouvées à Enkomi et Hala Sultan Tekke (Chypre). SIMA XXX:1 (Göteborg).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018, Jan-Jun, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Early Writing Systems Exhibition
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number