Incredible Inscriptions

Reimiro 2

Thanks to Cabinet magazine

This wooden necklace known as reimiro 2 is inscribed with not yet dechipered Rongorongo glyphs. Crescent-shaped and decorated with two bearded heads, this ornament was worn on the chest by the people of the Easter Island. It was made in the first half of the 19th century from Oceanian rosewood and is now part of the collection of the British Museum, London.


Notation knives

© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

An extremely rare example of cuttlery from the early 16th century Italy inscribed with mensural notation, which was the standard form of notation of the Renaissance music. Nowadays located at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.


Mensa Isiaca

Public domain

The Bembine Tablet of Isis is not from Egypt, but a Roman forgery. Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), a German scholar and polymath, used it as a primary source for decipherment of hieroglyphs in the 17th century. He failed in all his attempts to decode the hieroglyphs, since the symbols on the tablet are utter gibberish.