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Sumerian Cone with Cuneiform Inscription. Gudea, ruler of Lagash - 75 mm

Incised with cuneiform inscription of the Sumerian period, the earliest inscription ever and the root of our modern day writing.

Period: Sumerian
Date:ca. 2090 B.C.
Geography: Mesopotamia, Girsu
Culture: Neo-Sumerian
Medium: Clay
Dimensions: 7,5 cm

The inscription states that Gudea, ruler of Lagash, dedicated it when he built the Eninnu temple for the god Ningirsu. In a lengthy hymn, Gudea recounts the dream that directed him to renovate the Eninnu temple. The work commemorated by this votive cone ends with the procession of the statue of Ningirsu into his new "house".

Provenance: Austrian Collector Dr. Karl ; acquired at Dorotheum, Austria 28.04.1997

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