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Sumerian medical prescriptions. The oldest pharmacopoeia. 18 cm.

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Reproduction of a Sumerian medical prescription tablet, made of moulded marble (marble powder + binder). Finished with a clay-like appearance.


Total height figure plus base: 18.5 cm.

Measurements of the figure without base: Height: 14 cm. Width: 9 cm. Depth: 2 cm.

Base measurements: Height: 2.5 cm. Width: 8.5 cm. Depth: 4.5 cm.

Reproduction of a tablet with cuneiform writing. Original on display at the Philadelphia Museum (USA). Sumerian culture, Nippur, -III millennium BC. (2,500-2,340 B.C.)

A tablet written in the Sumerian language, the oldest known medical prescription book. It contains formulas for medicines and their ingredients, most of which are of plant origin, but also animal and mineral substances. There is no indication of the diseases for which the various prescriptions were used, nor of the dosage and medicinal properties of the substances and formulas in the recipe book. Nor does the tablet contain any spells, prayers or exorcism formulas, which are common in other medical texts and based on the beliefs of this period in the divine or demonic origin of illnesses.


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