Writing Tablet Date: 14th century Culture: English Medium: Boxwood Dimensions: H. 11.5 cm (a & b) , W. 16.3 cm (4 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.) Classification: Sculpture-Miniature-Wood Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1966 Accession Number: 66.211a, b
This is a wax tablet, one of the oldest form of manuscripts, the oldest dates from 14th-century BCE. Birth certificate in Latin and Greek 128 AD P.Mich.Inv 766 University of Michigan Library. Allowed to use as long as you attribute the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection as the source for the image
IVORY CARVING: Diptych of Anastasius, consul in 517. In Late Antiquity a consular diptych was a particular type of diptych (a pair of linked panels, generally in ivory, wood or metal and decorated with rich sculpted decoration) which could function as a writing tablet but was also intended as a deluxe commemorative object, commissioned by a consul ordinarius and then distributed to reward those who had supported his candidature as rewards and to mark his entry to that post.
Wax Tablets. The use of wax tablets for writing goes back to the middle ages. The early ones were sometimes in book form, the hinges being of leather thong. These were wooden pages, inletted to allow the pouring of wax. These pages of wax-filled wood could be used over & over because the wax could be smoothed over ready for new writing. These beeswax tablets could be of plain beeswax, or they were some times coloured black, green or red.