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From April 13 through to September 5, 2010, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York hosted Written in Stone, an exhibition dedicated to the invention of the written word. Cuneiform, from the Latin cuneus, meaning wedge, is the earliest system of writing and was used for over 3,000 years.

I love the stone bowl featured in the exhibition. I like the fact that it was inscribed to Megirimta, daughter of King Uruk (possibly) and that all the writing is on the outside, leaving the inside clean. Such a beautiful colour. You can imagine it’s maker passing it lovely to the girl, who would read the inscription and reward the maker with a brilliant smile. Or that’s just me being romantic!