Category Archives: John Frederick Lewis Collection

The John Frederick Lewis Collection of Cuneiform Tablets

John Frederick Lewis (1860-1932) was a Philadelphia collector of writing examples: he was interested in the history of the written word and amassed some of the most significant collections in the United States. A man of modest means who could … Continue reading

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Age and Origin of the Tablets

Nearly 1200 tablets are from the Ur III kingdom of Babylon, but there are tablets from Sumer, Akkad, and other Babylonian kingdoms. The tablets in this exhibition fall into the following categories: 1. Royal inscriptions, which include building of temples, … Continue reading

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