Clay cone or nail
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Object Place: Sumer, Lagash (Tello), Ur-Bau
Overall: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Foundation deposit in the shape of cone/nail made of clay with inscription in Sumerian: “For Ningirsu (a god) the warrior/hero of Enlil (a god), Ur-Bau, ruler (or governor) of Lagash, the child born by Ningal (a goddess), the guide to the pleasant habitation, the Eninnu (Temple of Ningirsu in Lagash) of the shining Imdugud-bird, he built, he restored it to its place.” Formal temple dedication.
Gift of the Misses Amy and Clara Curtis