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Votive cone

Clay nail Early Dynastic IIIa (Fara), Enmetena (or Entemena, c. 2403-2375 B.C.E.) This cone was inscribed and placed in a temple for Inanna and Dumuzi,  rebuilt by Enmetena.  It is probable that this cone was excavated in Bad-tibira, which was … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Clay cone Early Dynastic IIIa, Enmetena (or Entemena, c. 2403-2375 B.C.E.) This cone commemorates a building’s construction by Enmetena. It  would have been placed in the walls or foundation of the building. FLP 2631.2

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Votive cone

Clay cone Lagash II, Ur-bau (c. 2153-2141 B.C.E) Ur-bau was a ruler of Lagash after the fall of the Akkadian empire. He was the father-in-law of the better-known Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.). It is believed that Lagash thrived after the … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Lagash II, Gudea (reigned c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.) Cones were inscribed and used mostly for votive purposes. They were placed in the walls of dwellings and public buildings as nails and a number of them were set in the foundations of … Continue reading

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Three votive cones

Uruk, Utuhegal ( reigned in Uruk before 2112 B.C.E.) Utuhegal was a king of Uruk who ruled over southern Mesopotamia between the end of Shu-Durul’s reign and the beginnings of the Third Dynasty of Ur, which was established by Ur-Namma. … Continue reading

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