Category Archives: Royal inscriptions

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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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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Tablet commemorating the building of a temple

Stone tablet Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) This tablet was written to be placed in the walls or foundation of a temple built by Shulgi.  The fact that it was carved in stone is a testament to the … Continue reading

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Votive brick

Clay brick face First Dynasty of Isin, Ishme-dagan (reigned c. 1953-1935 B.C.E.) This brick is a votive brick commemorating a building constructed during the reign of Ishme-dagan, who was a king during the First Dynasty of Isin (reigned c. 2017-1794 … Continue reading

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