ROYAL INSCRIPTION OF NARAM-SÎN

MS 5106
MS Short Title ROYAL INSCRIPTION OF NARAM-SÎN
Text ROYAL INSCRIPTION OF NARAM-SÎN: NARAM-SÎN WHO BUILT THE TEMPLE OF ISHTAR
Description MS in Sumerian on clay, Akkad, Sumer, 2291-2254 BC, 1 brick printing block, 13x13x10 cm, 3 lines in a large formal cuneiform script, large loop handle.
Context There are three more brick stamps of Naram-Sîn with the same text known: one in the Oriental Institute of University of Chicago, one in Kalamazoo public library, Michiga, and a tiny fragment in British Museum. (Frayne 1993: 120-21)
Commentary Naram-Sîn was the first king to use blocks for printing bricks. Prior to him the inscriptions on the bricks were written by hand. These 3 brick stamps with the known bricks, is the earliest evidence of printing, in this case blindprinting on soft clay.
Published Andrew George, ed.: Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schøyen Collection, Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology, vol. 17, Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, Cuneiform texts VI. CDL Press, Bethesda, MD, 2011, text 24, p. 50, pl. XX.
Place of origin Sumer
Dates 2291-2254 BC

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