Sumerian Proto-Cuneiform Tablet

An ancient Mesopotamian clay tablet inscribed in six registers with pictographic proto-cuneiform text likely indicating numbers of livestock and other goods. The reverse depicts an equine, a very rare early representation.

Ca. 3100 - 3000 BC.
Length: 2 3/4 in. (6.3 cm).
cf.: British Museum, inv. no.WA 140852; also, naissance de l'ecriture, (Paris, 1982), nos. 7, 8, 28.
Formerly in a New York private collection; previously in an American private manuscript collection, Akron, Ohio, since the 1980's
Inv#: 8805
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$22,500

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