AN OLD BABYLONIAN LIMESTONE CUNEIFORM TABLET
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AN OLD BABYLONIAN LIMESTONE CUNEIFORM TABLET

ISIN-LARSA PERIOD, REIGN OF RIM-SÎN I, 1822-1763 B.C.

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AN OLD BABYLONIAN LIMESTONE CUNEIFORM TABLET
ISIN-LARSA PERIOD, REIGN OF RIM-SÎN I, 1822-1763 B.C.
Rectangular in form, one convex side and one flat, with fourteen lines of Sumerian cuneiform on each side, recording the restoration of the Temple E-a-ga-ga-kilib-ur-ur for the goddess Ninegal by the wife of Kim Rim-Sin I or Larsa, reading: "For the goddess Ninegal, great lady who holds all the mes in her hands, who looks at the numerous people, supreme advisor who looks after the black-headed people, whose ways are not rivaled, aristocrat whose word excels in the assembly, whose name is noble enough for praise, reliable goddess from (her) father who engendered her, whose utterance is favorable, great daughter of the god Sin, her lady, Simat-Eshtar beloved spouse of Rim-Sin, King of Larsa, daughter of Warad-Nanna, when the goddess Ninegal, her lady, called her good name, she built for her E-a-ag-ga-kilib-ur-ur, the residence suitable for her divinity, to establish the life of Rim-Sin forever, and for her own life. She enlarged its e-shu-si-ga more than it had been previously. She placed there for the future her foundation inscription proclaiming her queenly name"
4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) long
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with Elias S. David (1891-1969), New York; thence by descent.
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