Category Archives: Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.)

Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E., Lagash II)

Photograph of a diorite statue British Museum, London Gudea was a Sumerian ruler of the city-state of Lagash.  He is best-known for building the temple at Girsu, where a number of statues depicting him were excavated. The statue shown here … Continue reading

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Agricultural text: Harvesting of Nippur

Clay tablet Lagash II, Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.) A “gur” is a unit of measurement, the same idea as a cubic foot (of barley, wheat, water, or oil). A “gan” is a unit of area measurement. Translation: 210 less 2 … 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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Foundation brick

Baked clay round Lagash II, Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.) This object is a round baked brick, with a hole through it. The hole was probably added later, as it cuts through the inscribed text. It might have been transformed into … Continue reading

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