Stele of Ushumgal Sumerian, 2900-2700 The Metropolitan Museum of Art ” Among the earliest written documents from Mesopotamia are records of land sales or grants, often carved in stone with associated images, perhaps for public display. The Sumerian inscription on this stele records a transaction involving three fields, three houses, and some livestock. Ushumgal, a priest of the god Shara, and his daughter are the central figures of the transaction, but because of the archaic script, it is
Sumerian Cylinder Seal A goddess stands behind the owner of the seal who is being led by a second goddess before the king, who is seated on an elaborate throne on a dias. The cuneform insription can be translated 'Ur-Nammu, strong man, kong of Ur: ash-hamer, govenor of the city of Ishkun-Sin, is your servant.' Ur-Nammu, 2112-2095 BC, was the first king of the Third Dynasty of Ur. #Sumerian
The tablet portrays the terrestrial Tree-Of-Life, which flourishes under the solar influence, represented above by the classic winged disk borrowed from the Egyptians. Standing on either side, the sun god Marduk-Shamash and Ea-Enki god of the earth, grasp streamers from the solar disk holding them protectively around the Tree. Two hawk-faced beings stand behind them bearing fruit from the Tree in one hand and the Tablets of Destiny in the other. They represent a humanized version of the an...