Sumerian pictographic clay tablet; eight lines of pictographs on one side, pictographic markings on the other.
Pictographic clay tablet representing, among other things, ox, cattle, and barley. Sumer c. 2900 BC .
The two impressed ‘dots’ by the ox each represent the number ten and the lines each represent one. These are said to be precursors of the later Sumero/Babylonian sexagesimal number system (counting in 10's and 60's).
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w: 47, h: 78, d: 7