Babylonian School Tablet with Sumerian Cuneiform 2.75W -
Student scribes practiced on clay tablets like this one, Babylonian Tablet with Sumerian Cuneiform. You can still see the palm print of the student in the clay. This replica is an identical cast of the original at the Museum circa 1700 BCE. It comes with a description card. This is a unique gift for an educator or college student for his or her desk. (PN 6545)
- Statue replica is made from resin
- Measures 2.75 diameter. Weighs 0.3 lbs.
- Decorated on both sides.
In ancient times, Clay tablets were used for everyday communication and to teach students. The scribe pressed marks in the soft clay with a stylus made of the sharpened end of a reed, called a stylus. Clay tablets were routinely recycled. But if permanence was called for, they could be baked hard in a kiln. Many tablets found by archeologists were preserved only because they were baked when attacking armies burned the building where they were stored.
This type of tablet is called a bun or lentil and was used for teaching students to write. You can feel how it sits nicely in the palm of your hand. The teacher in ancient Nippur inscribed the signs in the first two rows, which the student copied in lines three and four.
The lesson of the day was to practice writing, using the characters of the thousand-year-old Sumerian cuneiform (not his daily language). The teacher pressed examples into the top half of the bun shaped clay; and the student copied the words on the bottom half.
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