Foundation Figurine of Ur-Nammu


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 17 October 2014
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This is a close-up image of the upper part of a copper figurine of Ur-Nammu, king of Ur. The lower half of this foundation figurine is not shown but it was inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions which mention that the figurine is dedicated to Inanna (Ishtar) and records the restoration of her temple at Uruk. Ur-Nammu depicts himself as a temple builder and carries a large basket of earth (on his head) for making bricks. From the temple of Inanna at Uruk, southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Neo-Sumerian period, 2112-2095 BCE.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Foundation Figurine of Ur-Nammu." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 17 Oct 2014. Web. 14 Jan 2021.

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