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LOT 0188

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GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 710 - 940
USD ($) 730 - 970

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£360 (EUR 425; USD 437) (+bp*)

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OLD BABYLONIAN ENVELOPE WITH CUNEIFORM TABLET INSIDE
3RD-2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.

A ceramic envelope with tablet remaining inside, the latter with remains of impressed cuneiform text; outer envelope breaking open. 1 7/8 in. (55 grams, 48 mm).

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.

CONDITION