10. Magical

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MS in Sumerian on clay, Sumer, 26th c. BC, 1 votive child foot with 6 toes, 12,2x6,1x5,4 cm, 1 compartment of cuneiform script.

The collection of some 800 magical manuscripts covers all continents spanning over 4,500 years. The oldest of these, from 26th c. BC from North Syria, has nine incantations by the first named author in history, Ur-Gibil, who was also a scribe, and wrote the text himself and signed it as well. This makes the present manuscript one of the first, if not the first, signed literary autograph.