Plaster Cast of a Minoan Linear B Tablet


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Artifact Identification Plaster Cast of a Minoan Linear B Tablet   (1913.02.0015)
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Artist/Maker E. Gillieron
Geographic Location
Period/Date Minoan, Late Bronze Age, 1700–1100 BCE
Culture Minoan

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 16.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 3.2 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.7 cm
Weight 62 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plaster
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information Pale Yellow (2.5Y 8.5/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

KN SD 4422 Transliteration 1. ] , o-pa // o-u-qe , pe-qa-to , u-po CUR[ 2. ]i-qi-ja ,/ a-ro-mo-te-me-na , o-u-qe , a-ni-ja , po-si e-e-si[ 1. o-u-qe , pe-qa-to , u-po, over erasure [[o qe, qe]] still visible. Translation 1. contribution and not fot-board underneath CHARIOT 2. chariot fitted out and not reins together they are Comment The 'S' series of tablets refer to military equipment, specifically chariots and chariot-equipment (wheels, spare parts, etc.). Tablet Sd 4422 refers to the contribution of a chariot; a free English translation would be "One horse-chariot without wheels, fully assembled, that there are no bridles attached, nor any...underneath, the feudal contribution of ___________." Tablet So894 records amounts of chariot wheels. As with other tablets in this series, the wheels are described as being of elm-wood (pe-te-re-wa) or willow-wood (e-ri-ka), some with bronze coverings or decorations.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Wood, Heidi, "Casts of Linear B Tablets in the World Heritage Museum. A Translation and Short Commentary", UIUC Paper, April, 1978.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Classical Museum Purchase
Reproduction yes
Reproduction Information Originals are from the palace at Knossos.

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