LEXICAL LIST & OLDEST AUTOGRAPH

MS 2429/4
MS Short Title LEXICAL LIST
Text LEXICAL LIST OF 41 TITLES AND PROFESSIONS, STARTING: NAM GIS SITA=LORD OF THE MACE. SIGNED BY THE SCRIBE GAR.AMA; SCHOOL TEXT
Description MS in archaic Sumerian on clay, Sumer, 31st c. BC, 1 tablet, 8,6x8,0x1,7 cm, 5 columns, 41+1 compartments in pictographic script by the scribe GAR.AMA.
Commentary Lord of the mace is an early Sumerian term for king or ruler.

The pictographic lexical lists are the earliest such literature known; and also the earliest known evidence of school and learning. The scribes signatures on the present MS and other lexical lists are the earliest autograph signatures extant.
Exhibited Oslo Katedralskole 850 år, Jubileumsutstilling 10. - 14. March 2003.
See also MS 3047, Mathematical exercise, Sumer, 27th c. BC
Place of origin Sumer
Dates 31c BC

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