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Tivoli Hoard, mid-1st century B.C.; Late Republican  Roman; Italy, said to have been found at Tivoli or Boscoreale  Silver

Tivoli Hoard, mid-1st century B.C.; Late Republican Roman; Italy, said to have been found at Tivoli or Boscoreale Silver

Bat Amulet of Hapiankhtifi Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 12 Date: ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Tomb of Hapiankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba Medium: Wood, gold leaf

Bat Amulet of Hapiankhtifi Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 12 Date: ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Tomb of Hapiankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba Medium: Wood, gold leaf

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)

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)

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.

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.

Figurine from Ur III, ca. 2100-2000 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Neo-Sumerican, ceramic.

Figurine from Ur III, ca. 2100-2000 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Neo-Sumerican, ceramic.

Graffiti in a cell in the Tower of London.  This takes dedication and also looks eerily similar to cave carvings with a more sophisticated language.

Graffiti in a cell in the Tower of London. This takes dedication and also looks eerily similar to cave carvings with a more sophisticated language.

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