Mesopotamian pottery fragment

Description

This ostracon, or pottery fragment, bears witness to the continued use of Aramaic in Mesopotamia in the final centuries before the Arab Conquest. 

The writing, in ink, is in a script reminiscent of the square Hebrew one used for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic texts by Jewish communities in Iraq and around the world. 

Full title:
Ostracon inscribed in Aramaic,ca. A.D. 500–600
Published:
Mesopotamia
Created:
500–600 CE, Mesopotamia
Format:
Pottery
Language:
Ancient Greek
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Shelfmark:
59.41.74a, b

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