A Babylonian cuneiform inscribed brick
Circa 500 B.C.
With three vertical columns of inscribed cuneiform text set in a central rectangular panel, with the standard Nebuchadnessar text, 'Nebuchadnessar, king of Babylon, Provisioner of Esagil and Egida, prime son of Nebopolassar, king of Babylon', 13¼in. (33.6cm), inscription worn, one corner broken, all chipped, mounted in a wood frame; two Sumerian cuneiform inscribed clay tablets, one the fragmentary end of a large tablet, 2½in. (6.3cm.), the other illegible, 23/8in. (6cm.), the surface worn and pitted, circa 2000 B.C.; three Egyptian pottery ostraca, one inscribed in black ink, the recto mentions sin and repentance, the verso contains the text, 'Until...each one comes forth... and he is taken to...', circa A.D. 550-650, 3in. (7.5cm.); another with alaphabetic script, from Syria or Palestine, 23/8in. (6cm.), and one with illegible very faint text, 2½in. (6.4cm.), circa 6th-8th Centuries A.D.; a fragment of a pottery amphora handle bearing a stamp, Mediterranean, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D., and a modern pottery cast of a real tablet, (from the 3rd Dynasty of Ur, from the second to third year of the reign of Shu-Sin), 2in. (5cm.), Not Ancient (8)
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