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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

African
Middle Eastern ➔ Clay Tablet (reproduction)

Identifier:
2015.39.1
Description:
This is a reproduction Amarna clay tablet to be used as a hands-on artifact. The ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hittites also wrote on tablets such as this made from clay. The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a collection of several authentic tablets, and this reproduction can be used to support learning about these fragile ancient artifacts. Although clay tablets varied in shape and dimension, this example represents a a common rectangular shape that is about five inches long. While the clay was still wet, the writer used a stylus to inscribe it with cuneiform characters. By writing on every surface in small characters, they could copy a substantial text on a single tablet. For longer texts the scribe used several tablets, linking them together by numbers and catchwords as is done in modern books. This example is a friendly letter from Tushratta to the King of Egypt.
Date:
circa 2015
Materials:
Clay
Dimensions:
2.25" h 3.5" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Links:
http://hmfa.libs.uga.edu/hmfa/view?docId=ead/ms1348-ead.xml;https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/reproduction-clay-tablet-efc8c423b3cb4fa1b2095fabb28bf65b
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