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Cuneiform Tablet

ca. 2000 BCE
Old Akkadian (ca. 2340-2200 BC)
2 11/16 x 1 3/4 x 11/16 in. (6.8 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm)

Unknown, Sumerian
Sumerian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Gordon Thompson in memory of his father, William G. Thompson, D.D., a student of Babylonian archaeology
Accession Number: 1954.58.17a
Location: Currently on view
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Sargonic, as per Marcel Sigrist, "Documents from Tablet Collections in Rochester New York," 1991

This is the Gallery's oldest clay tablet, dating from the period of King Sargon (Sharrum-ken) of Agade (Akkad), who ruled sometime between 2300 and 2100 BCE.

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William G. Thompson, D.D., the Bronx, NY; to his son, Gordon Thompson; Rochester, NY; his gift to the Gallery in 1954

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Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative An international catalogue of cuneiform tablets, compiled by scholars at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. MAG's cuneiforms were examined by a scholar in the summer of 2011.


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