The following is Sheshki's e-dub-ba section in which his processes
of clay refinement, of tablet making and inscribing are visited.
As readers note from our "sign list" and "fun with
clay section" (located in the gallery area), Sheshki is a
dedicated enthusiast with a great talent for the Mesopotamian
writing system, and for it's creative application. We have with
these tablets perhaps the finest independentely produced cuneiform
tablets anywhere, and these efforts have continued to surprise
and inspire the enenuru community: In appreciation of the zeal
which inspired my own cuneiform learning, I quote below the words
of a scribe as he recounts the virtues of his instructor (see
9-15. "I just did whatever he outlined for me -- everything
was always in its place. Only a fool would have deviated from
his instructions. He guided my hand on the clay and kept me on
the right path. He made me eloquent with words and gave me advice.
He focused my eyes on the rules which guide a man with a task:
zeal is proper for a task, time-wasting is taboo; anyone who wastes
time on his task is neglecting his task."
16-20. "He did not vaunt his knowledge: his
words were modest. If he had vaunted his knowledge, people would
have frowned. Do not waste time, do not rest at night -- get on
with that work! Do not reject the pleasurable company of a mentor
or his assistant: once you have come into contact with such great
brains, you will make your own words more worthy."
21-26. "And another thing: you will never
return to your blinkered vision; that would be greatly to demean
due deference, the decency of mankind. Worthy plants calm the
heart, and sins are absolved. An empty-handed man's gifts are
respected as such. Even a poor man clutches a kid to his chest
as he kneels. You should defer to the powers that be and ……
-- that will calm you."
27-28. "There, I have recited to you what
my teacher revealed, and you will not neglect it. You should pay
attention -- taking it to heart will be to your benefit!"