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LOT 0132

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GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,650 - 6,980
USD ($) 5,610 - 8,420

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £3,600

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £3,600

Sumerian Pictographic Tablet

Circa 3000 BC

A bifacial lentoid-section rectangular clay tablet with impressed grid and pictograms to both faces. 46.4 grams, 66mm (2 1/2"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Part of a 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; this small collection is exceptional for the variety of types, including some very rare and well preserved examples; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10696-175198.