Writings of Mankind, Auction XVII, Spring 1990
Includes objects in the following categories: Cuneiform, Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Aramaic, Edessan Syriac, Greek, Islamic (Arabic), Dravadian, Classical Latin, Late Latin, English, American Colonial, French, German, and Russian. BL00008. Writings of Mankind 1990,
Neo-Sumerian Empire (UR III), , Cuneiform Clay Tablet, 2113 - 2006 B.C.
Used to account for the transfer of beer, bread, fish, oil, spice and onions for the Shueshtar, the "official."AS48861. cuneiform tablet; 25 mm X 23 mm,
, 1 (sila) of "dida"-beer, 2 sila of beer, 10 (sila) of bread, 2 shekels of oil, 2 shekels of spice, 3 fish, 3 braids of onions for Shuestar, the "official"; on the fourteenth day of the second month; ex Sale 11/99, #1038; SOLD
Eastern India, Buddhist Votive Sealing, c. 8th Century
At holy sites and temples Buddhist pilgrims would purchase small votive offerings, to present to the shrine to be interred inside a stupa, or to take home as a memento. Votive offerings varied from place to place and over time. They were often made of and included small plaques, stupas, and sealings. The various sealings texts include meaningless pseudo-writing, repeated mantras, passages from the Ramayana, the Buddhist creed, prayers, etc. Because few early Buddhist manuscripts have survived in India, the writings found on these humble sealings provide a glimpse of the various scripts used in India in ancient and early medieval times. -- http://papyri.tripod.com/buddhist/introsealings.htmlAB54496. cf.
, p. 33 and nos. 144 - 146, , maximum 29 mm, Sanskrit text: the Buddhist Creed; undecorated; mica sparkling in the clay, ex ; SOLD
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