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ca. 3000 BCE Sumer. Foundation or Dedication Nails purpose was inscribed in cuniform and embedded in walls as evidence that  the building was divine property.  Gudea to Ningirsu for the building of his temple, the E-ninnu:  "For Ningirsu, the powerful hero of Enlil, his king, Gudea, prince of Lagash, accomplished what had to be; his temple of E-innu, the shining thunder-bird, he built and restored."

ca. 3000 BCE Sumer. Foundation or Dedication Nails purpose was inscribed in cuniform and embedded in walls as evidence that the building was divine property. Gudea to Ningirsu for the building of his temple, the E-ninnu: "For Ningirsu, the powerful hero of Enlil, his king, Gudea, prince of Lagash, accomplished what had to be; his temple of E-innu, the shining thunder-bird, he built and restored."

Bull headed lyre from the tomb of Puabi, Royal Cemetery, Ur.  c. 2600 BCE Gold leaf and lapis lazuli over a wooden core

Bull headed lyre from the tomb of Puabi, Royal Cemetery, Ur. c. 2600 BCE Gold leaf and lapis lazuli over a wooden core

MARI JEWELRY 5TH-2ND MILL.BCE  Eagle with lion's head. Lapis lazuli, gold, copper and bitumen pendant Early dynastic period II (2658 BCE) from the Treasure of Ur, Mari, Syria

MARI JEWELRY 5TH-2ND MILL.BCE Eagle with lion's head. Lapis lazuli, gold, copper and bitumen pendant Early dynastic period II (2658 BCE) from the Treasure of Ur, Mari, Syria

Gilgamesh, the hero of Sumerian epic, elected leader of one of 12 Sumerian city-state Uruk, where Etruscans traced their ancestry

Gilgamesh, the hero of Sumerian epic, elected leader of one of 12 Sumerian city-state Uruk, where Etruscans traced their ancestry

ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPT FIKH IMAM ALSHAFAEI (2)

ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPT FIKH IMAM ALSHAFAEI (2)

2200 BCE Sumer Dedication Nail cuneiform on clay with a building inscription by Gudea, the ruler of Lagash.

2200 BCE Sumer Dedication Nail cuneiform on clay with a building inscription by Gudea, the ruler of Lagash.

Sumerian Cuneiform Foundation Cone: Gudea of Lagash...Reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BC. From the Temple of Eninnu, Lagash, Southern Mesopotamia.  Length: 4 1/4 in. (11 cm).

Sumerian Cuneiform Foundation Cone: Gudea of Lagash...Reign of Gudea, ca. 2144-2124 BC. From the Temple of Eninnu, Lagash, Southern Mesopotamia. Length: 4 1/4 in. (11 cm).

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