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.