Some quick photos I snapped of clay cuneiform tablets in my school’s library. The top three photos are Akkadian tablets. The bottom three photos are Ugaritic tablets from Ras Shamra.
We have dozens upon dozens of these, though sadly, they are being sold in a couple weeks to raise money for the school.
Alas, I didn’t think about putting something beside the tablets for size comparisons, but they are all smaller than the palm of my hand. The last three tablets in the photos are from smallest to largest. The square grey is about the size the top joint of my thumb, so a little over the circumference of a quarter or dollar coin. The orange tablet is an inch and a half tall, maybe an inch wide. The grey rectangular tablet is two inches tall and an inch wide. Most of the tablets have writing on the back, as well as writing on the sides (the depths of the tablets are usually somewhere around a quarter to half an inch).
Anyways, I took pictures to send to my mom, to show her what I work with, and I thought, “Oh! I should upload them to tumblr, too!”
It may especially be of interest to madamefaust and victoriousscarf, as we once discussed briefly discussed tablets. Considering the small size of the tablets, and the amazing amount of text you can inscribe on each tiny tablet, you can have a wealth of knowledge tucked away, safe and sound, in tablets.
(Though, as you can see from the Akkadian tablets at the top, the tablets can also break, as they are fired clay, and are rather fragile, as shattering things go. But as they’re small, they’re not super fragile. Part of the brilliance of them being small. Super portable, and also less weak areas.)