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Pupil's writing tablet

REF CB500030 EAN 3336727055397

 Pupil's writing tablet

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Pupil's writing tablet

The somewhat crude quality of this tablet is explained by the fact that it would have been fashioned by an apprentice scribe. It features three lines of writing in the hand of the apprentice's master. The pupil's clumsy efforts to copy certain of the symbols can be seen underneath and on the reverse side of the tablet.

A great many school tablets have been discovered at Mesopotamian sites of all periods, as well as at Susa, which is farther to the East. The budding scribe would begin by copying simple texts, and would then progress to learning by heart the pronunciation of the symbols and lists of words grouped into object categories. As his skills developed, he would be allowed to graduate to copying works of literature, before culminating his studies in the reproduction of a major text.

Ø 7 cm - H. 1,5 cm - 380 g
RMN red box
End of the 3rd millennium B.C.
Susa (modern Iran)
Material of the original
Original in clay
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Writing, Made in France
Art movement
Oriental Antiquities
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