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Sale 885 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 1: Foreign Countries

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

Category — Earliest Written Communication

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2001, Earliest Written Communicationca. 2032 BCE, Sumerian Clay Tablet, ca. 2032 BCE, Sumerian Clay Tabletca. 2032 BCE, Sumerian Clay Tablet. Approximately 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 in. with cuneiform writing on one side, from the City of Umma in the Second Year of King Shu-Sin (also Cu-Suen, Fourth King of the Third Dynasty of Urim), translated as stating "2494 servant girl work days (committed) wages for the flour mill from Ur-Nintu" (accompanying note also states "Copy of the table of Lukalla. The year the boat of Enki was caulked."), a fascinating artifact of written communication

E. 1,000-1,500
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2002, Earliest Written Communicationca. 780 AD, Papyrus Document in Old Arabic, ca. 780 AD, Papyrus Document in Old Arabicca. 780 AD, Papyrus Document in Old Arabic. 8 x 8 in. papyrus with handwritten message in Old Arabic, usual erosion, exhibitable example of this very early form of wrriten communication

E. 500-750
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