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metal tablet
Peter Neve
This rare bronze tablet, the oldest to be recovered from the ancient Near East, dates to the middle of the thirteenth century BC. The tablet captures in bronze the treaty of a Hittite king with a vassal in the south. Metal tablets were created for special occasions, although very few have survived into the present day. Because of the value of the metal, most such tablets were melted down and reused over the centuries.

2001 The University of Chicago