Ancient Clay Foundation Cone from Sumeria, Isin (Tell Bahriayat), ca. 1953 B.C. Incised with a dedicatory inscription: "Ishme-Dagan, mighty man, King of Isin, King of four quarters (of the world), when he canceled the taxes of Nippur, the city beloved by Enlil, and excused its men from military service, he built the wall of the city of Isin, naming it Ishme-Dagan, the might (?) of the Great God." The modern Tell Bahriayat is the location of ancient Isin, well placed upon the ancient course of the Euphrates river in central Babylonia. 4-7/8"L.
PROVENANCE: Ex-Royal Athena Gallery, New York, NY.