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This leaf is one of two in the Pages From the Past collection of a manuscript of Shahnameh, or The Book of Kings. Completed in 1010 CE by the Persian poet Abu´l-Qasim Firdawsi, it is an epic poem ranging from the prehistory of Iran to the Islamic…

This well-preserved tablet shows both original inscriptions (the larger wedge-shaped characters) and an impression of a cylinder seal (the smaller overlaid text).

The seal inscription reads: “Wool receipted for by the Ensi 7th year of Amar Suen,…

The "Book of Coming Forth by Day", as a more literal translation goes, is a major Egyptian funerary text that saw use between 1550 and 50 BCE. The text was considered mystical in nature, composed of a variety of spells that were intended to ease an…
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