Tablets were made of cleaned river clay. The scribe held
the tablet in one hand and a stylus in the other, pressing it into the surface
of the clay to make wedge-shaped, or 'cuneiform', signs. Most styluses were
made of reeds, but this luxury version, from about 680 BC, is made of ivory. It
was found in the Assyrian royal city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu).