Well, you don't _push_ the stylus into the clay, you just touch the clay with
the corner of the stylus. (And you may not need to _carve_ a stylus at all
-- Saggs identified a reed with a triangular core that could have served nicely;
although Bob Whiting has determined that the corner has a right angle rather
than an acute angle.)
An oft-reproduced photograph shows the hands of A. Leo Oppenheim
demonstrating cuneiform writing.
Your teacher should have beaten you regularly while you were learning Syllabary
A (see Sjoberg).--
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
From: Ross Sinclair Caldwell <belmurru@...
>To: ane ane <email@example.com>
>Sent: Thu, September 9, 2010 12:01:22 PM
>Subject: RE: [ANE-2] how did ancient scribes write?
> I can't judge the pen and hieroglyph style, but the cuneiform one seems wrong.
>He is holding the stylus like a pen, when it should be held like it is shown in
>pictures, .... difficult to describe, but kind of like a knife, with the tip
>held between the thumb and the first and second phalanges of the forefingers,
>and the shaft of the stylus cradled in the palm, under the three other fingers.
>"Overhand" might be a description - you push into the clay, you don't write like
>with a pen. The tablet is also cupped in the hand in pictures, not laying flat
>like a piece of paper.
>I'm an amateur, almost-NELC student. I carved my own stylus out of a chopstick,
>as it appears the scribe here has done, but much finer, and looked at images of
>cuneiform scribes to copy their postures. My technique for learning basic
>cuneiform was to inscribe Syllabary A hundreds of times, saying the sounds as I
>pushed them in the clay.
>> list folk may enjoy this demonstration video (and might even find it
>> useful for students)
>> via chuck jones on facebook.
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