Finding myself in Paris on a Saturday afternoon with no other commitments for a few hours, I took the opportunity yesterday to go to Musée du Louvre to look for the actual Ugaritic Text tablets and to see them for myself. Just having seen pictures of the tablets without seeing their context, I didn't have a good feel for the size of them or indeed the number of finds.
|Musée du Louvre, in February 2012|
C'est la vie! I found them a bit later all by myself, in room B of the ground floor area of the 'Sully' section of the Louvre. I gained access to that area through the 'Richelieu' wing. No doubt there might be easier ways to get there but I happened across some other interesting and famous artifacts on the way there. More about the amazing Code of Hamurabi in a few days time.
For today, here are a couple of photos of room B. Tomorrow I will post photos of some of the tablets themselves. First an overview of the room looking towards the North-East.
|Musée du Louvre, Sully, ground floor room B|
This is the cabinet containing the Ugaritic texts
|Where in Musée du Louvre are the Ugaritic texts? In this cabinet.|
|The cabinet containing the Ugaritic Texts in Musée du Louvre|
More detail coming tomorrow, but just to finish this post on an incongruously surprising, lighter note, I thought you might smile at a sticker that I saw on a motor bike in Paris. At the least, it is an interesting example of 'Franglais'.
|J'adore rien - I'm parisien!|