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LOT 0135

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EUR (€) 1,160 - 1,630
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£900 (EUR 1,047; USD 1,090) (+bp*)

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OLD BABYLONIAN LITERARY CUNEIFORM TABLET
2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
2 3/4 in. (123 grams, 70 mm).

A roughly pillow-shaped ceramic tablet, bearing multiple rows of cuneiform text to four of its six faces.

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 plastic envelope handwritten by Professor Lambert: 'No.5 (15) * / Old Babylonian, perhaps / literary extract'.

CONDITION