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Sumerian Terracotta Dedication Foundation Cone

Lot 0057
Sumerian Terracotta Dedication Foundation Cone
with Cuneiform Inscription, c. 2000 B.C.
Incised with cuneiform inscription of the Sumerian period, 2100 B.C., the earliest inscription ever and the root of our modern day writing. This type of cone was made as a dedication to a temple. This example is commemorating the rebuilding of a temple by Gudea.
Inscribed: 'For Ningirsu, mighty warrior of Enli, Gudea, governor of Lagash, produced everything needed and built and restored Eninnu, Ningirsu's shining Indugu-bird'.

Comes with translation and dating by Professor W.G. Lambert of the Birmingham University, England.

Size:11 cm. L. - 4 3/8 inches
Culture:Sumerian, c. 2000 B.C.
Provenance:Private UK collection of the 1980s, acquired Christies, London, May 2002.

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Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity


Tip missing, otherwise intact

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Sumerian Terracotta Dedication Foundation Cone

Estimate $2,000 - $3,500May 30, 2018