World's oldest smiley face drawing found on a jug from 1700 BCE


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/26/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-dr.html


#2

:grinning:


#3

Have a nice day.


#4

How much Sunny D was left inside, and did they drink it?


#5

Does anyone drink Sunny D?


#6

Yes, if it’s arctic cold and tequila / vodka / gin is paired with it.


#7

kool1


#8

Do they know for certain it was a smiley face or was that a symbol or script depicting a particular meaning?


#9

Not even sure that the booze could save the awful taste of that drink for me.
Well have enough booze beforehand then you can’t taste it anyway.


#10

Roger That!


#11

“The pot was used for drinking sherbet [sweet drink]. Most probably, [this depicts] the oldest smile of the world.””

I thought that was your mom’s year book photo.


#12

Looks like the potter put some extra love into making the pot; nice and round.


#13

Well, if it’s Hittites, am I right in thinking that would be really exciting to find a character / characters in a different written language? It’s so unlike cuneiform that it’d be a pretty big deal.

But yeah, the smiley face could be sort of like the katakana character tsu. ツ


#14

Hittite was an Indo-European language spoken in the area between roughly 1800 and 1200 BCE. It’s written in cuneiform, using many Assyrian and Babylonian signs and script conventions throughout. So, almost certainly just the image of a smile.


#15

The lolcats are probably around there somewhere.


#16

Egypt, I’d wager.


#17

Kool-Aid for the red states.


#18

Maybe it’s the Hittite symbol for honey?


Or maybe not


#19

PerhistoricEmoji


#20

Well what i was implying that it might either be a text or letter, but it’s also possible that it’s a symbol. Symbols are typically unrelated to written language and have their own meaning, akin to a logo. It could also be a traded good from another area, and might be a similar instance of what i’m talking about. Could be a design, symbol, etc.

I have no problem that it could be the earliest example of a smiley face, but there seems to be very little evidence backing up that claim so I am skeptical.