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writing-tablet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    131952

  • Description

    Waxed ivory writing tablet: one of a set of sixteen writing tablets hinged together as a folding set. It is scored on the back and front to receive the wax surface, which would have been inscribed in cuneiform with a stylus.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 720BC-710BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 centimetres
    • Width: 16 centimetres
    • Thickness: 15 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    In set with 1960,1115.2 (BM.131953).

    One of the set of 16 is incised on the outside with an inscription indicating that the set had contained a part of the astronomical omen series Enuna Anu Enlil and had originally been intended for the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad.

    Bibliography:
    M. Howard, ‘Technical description of the ivory writing-boards from Nimrud’. ‘Iraq’ 17 (London, 1955), 14-20;
    D. J. Wiseman, ‘Assyrian writing-boards’. ‘Iraq’ 17 (London, 1955), 3-13.

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  • Bibliography

    • Curtis & Reade 1995a 198 bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Reade 1994a 198 bibliographic details
    • Barnett & Davies 1975a E.5 bibliographic details
    • British Museum 2011a p.162, cat.134 (part) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
    2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
    2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
    2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1954

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated between 1949 and 1953.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    131952

  • Registration number

    1954,1115.1

  • Additional IDs

    • ND 3566 (excavation number)
One of a set of sixteen ivory writing boards hinged together as a folding set; waxed ivory; scored on the back and front to receive the wax surface which would have been inscribed in cuneiform with a stylus.

One of a set of sixteen ivory writing boards hinged together as a folding set; waxed ivory; scored on the back and front to receive the wax surface which would have been inscribed in cuneiform with a stylus.

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