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Mesopotamia, Clay Cuneiform Tablet, c. 2400 - 700 B.C.
Ancient Mesopotamia and Sumerian culture are the "cradle of civilization." Man's recording of history, science, mathematics, and literature began with clay and a reed stylus. Only a small percentage of tablets have been translated. Reading cuneiform is extremely difficult and a word for word translation is often impossible. Often it is only possible to get the gist of a tablet. Most are receipts for payments in kind, the number of lambs, goats, or oxen donated to a temple, for example. This tablet is untranslated but it is perhaps this type of receipt.AS87307. Buff clay, 5.27 x 4.36 cm; complete and intact, from an American Collection, ex Edgar L. Owen Ltd. (2012), ex collection of a New York City professional entertainer (acquired in 1980's); $700.00 (Ä595.00)
Egyptian, Terracotta Male Head Wearing Bag Wig, 600 - 400 B.C.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. AT34449. 4 cm (1 1/2") high, Choice, crack, unmounted; $120.00 (Ä102.00)
Byzantine, Syro-Palestinian, Terracotta Oil Lamp, 7th - 8th Century A.D.
This raretype is similar to flat-topped round Byzantinelamps discovered in Jerash, bearing Arabic inscriptions with dates from the eighth century, the name of the potter, and Jerash as the place of manufacture (Schloessinger 578 and 579). Those lamps are clearly different, but the similarity may indicate the date of our lamp. Perhaps the Tel Aviv source points to a Palestina Prima origin.AG63808. Terracottalamp; cf. Anawati C250 (rounder, also with arc and pellet ornamentation, but arcs from both mouth and shoulder); 8.3 cm long, Good condition, two cracks radiating from spout, soot on nozzle, mold-made, ovoid shape, convex nearly flat diskus ornamented with pellets within arcs from shoulder, knife-pared conical handle, raised rim around filling hole, raised rim at shoulder to from handle to nozzle, convex side above sharpcarination, flat bottom with ring base; from a Florida dealer, purchased in Tel Aviv in 1971; $120.00 (Ä102.00)
Greek Terracotta Figures
This booklet attempts to trace the history of Greek terracotta figures - commonly known as terracottas - with illustrations taken from the British Museum collections. Although the term terracotta is generally used to include large statues, architectural ornament, and decorative reliefs of this material, it is here restricted to statuettes, which form a distinct class, and are best considered alone.BL65497. Greek Terracotta Figures by R. A. Higgins, British Museum, 1969, softcover, 32 pages, many pictures, only one copy available; $9.00 (Ä7.65)