This clay bowl is engraved with cuneiform - the earliest known form of writing on the planet!
Emerging from ancient Sumer in 3200BC, to produce cuneiform, the writer would etch wet tablets or clay objects with a stylus made of reed and then typically leave them out to naturally dry. This would allow the ancient author to rehydrate the tablet and recycle it into a blank slate. Important documents would be fired in a kiln to give them permanence.
It is rare for a bowl to be written upon in cuneiform, so this specimen is likely an offering bowl. It dates back to 1-2nd millennium BCE and measures ~4.25" diameter.
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*Sourced from a NYC antiquities collection*