A recent question asked about cuneiform painted or drawn on a surface instead of being inscribed or engraved, and it seems there are three tablets from the Library of Ashurbanipal that had colophons inked on after the tablet was fired. (From that link: "In three cases the colophon was made with ink rather than impressed. Given the poor survival of ink, and the competence with which these colophons are written, it seems likely that further tablets once bore inked colophons.")

This "inked cuneiform" has a very interesting aesthetic to it, and I'd like to read more about it—it seems like a very readable way to show a sign on paper, compared to a traditional autograph. However, I haven't been able to find any other literature on it. Searching Jstor for "cuneiform" "ink", or the British Museum accession numbers of the two tablets I've found records for, hasn't yielded any results.

Where can I read more about this phenomenon?

  • Tablets_as_artefacts_scribes_as_artisans.pdf has info in it re ink and inking. It's a two-step thing via google to get it, I think. Not sure how I did it.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 23 at 16:13
  • @Lambie Do you mean this one? academia.edu/2216869/Tablets_as_artefacts_scribes_as_artisans
    – Draconis
    Commented Apr 23 at 16:23
  • Yes, that one is it.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 23 at 17:49
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    Here's a great example I accidentally stumbled upon, a glazed wall-tile of fired clay showing a charioteer. There is a border of chevrons top and bottom and a cuneiform inscription, reign of Assyrian King Tukulti-Ninurta II (890 BC – 884 BC). The cuneiform is painted with the glaze.
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented May 8 at 11:25


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