Writing board, ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.4) | Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another.
Plaque fragment: kneeling lion-headed figure, ca. 18th century B.C.. Middle Bronze Age-Old Assyrian Trading Colony. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, in memory of George D. Pratt, 1936 (37.143.4)