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LOT 0193

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EUR (€) 1,770 - 2,360
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LARGE OLD BABYLONIAN 'TREE LIST' LEXICAL CUNEIFORM TABLET
CIRCA 19TH-18TH CENTURY B.C.

A sub-rectangular, pillow-shaped ceramic tablet accompanied by a photocopy of a typed and signed scholarly note by W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'Clay Tablet, 140 x 90 mm., with 22 lines of Sumerian cuneiform on one side only, reverse apparently uninscribed. Old Babylonian period, c.1900-1700 B.C. A list of names of trees, an excerpt from a lexical text dealing with types of: Cornel / Pomegranate / 'Lilda'? / 'Mes'-tree / This is an antecedent of the later Babylonian list Urra = hubullu with its much longer list of trees[.] Some parts missing at the top, but most preserved.' 5 1/2 in. (363 grams, 14 cm wide).

PROVENANCE:
Specialised collection of cuneiform texts, the property of a London gentleman and housed in London before 1992.
Thence by descent to family members.
Examined by Professor Wilfrid George Lambert FBA (1926-2011), historian, archaeologist, and specialist in Assyriology and Near Eastern archaeology, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The collection is exceptional for the variety of types, including some very rare and well preserved examples.
Accompanied by a copy of a scholarly note by Professor Wilfrid George Lambert FBA.

CONDITION