Rare Babylonian Cuneiform Envelope with Tablet cuneiform with envelope.. Product #: AS-3421 Regular price: $900.00 $900.00 Sold
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Rare Babylonian Cuneiform Envelope with Tablet

Product Code: AS-3421
Length: 4.6CM
Height: 4.8CM

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An almost perfect example of an unopened cuneiform envelope, containing its cuneiform tablet (the letter) inside. The front and reverse with cuneiform inscription; the sides covered with cuneiform and part cylinder seal impression.

Envelopes were for security. If important information was written on a tablet, for example the amount of silver being sent with a merchant, it was covered in a clay envelope. If somebody questioned the amount of silver, the envelope could be broken and the tablet read. It would not have been possible to change the numbers on the tablet inside the envelope.

Complete and intact; a very fine example.

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An almost perfect example of an unopened cuneiform envelope, containing its cuneiform tablet (the letter) inside. The front and reverse with cuneiform inscription; the sides covered with cuneiform and part cylinder seal impression.

Envelopes were for security. If important information was written on a tablet, for example the amount of silver being sent with a merchant, it was covered in a clay envelope. If somebody questioned the amount of silver, the envelope could be broken and the tablet read. It would not have been possible to change the numbers on the tablet inside the envelope.

Complete and intact; a very fine example.

Old Babylonian period: Circa 1800 BC.

Provenance: Ex collection of the late Professor Geoffrey Wilson (Warks).

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