4 June 2015
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SIX OLD BABYLONIAN CLAY FOUNDATION CONES
REIGN OF KING LIPIT-ISHTAR, CIRCA 1934-1924 B.C.
All with identical inscriptions in thirty-seven lines of Akkadian cuneiform written in two columns around the shafts, recording a dedication of a storehouse built in the city of Isin in southern Mesopotamia by King Lipit-Ishtar, reading: "Lipit-Ishtar, shepherd who reveres Nippur, steadfast farmer of Ur, unceasing in the care of Eridu, en-priest worthy of Uruk, King of Isin, King of the land of Sumer and Akkad, favorite of the goddess Ishtar, am I. When I, Lipit-Ishtar, son of the god Enlil, established justice in the land of Sumer and Akkad, I built a storeroom, pleasing(?) to the gods Enlil and Ninlil, in Isin, my royal capital, at the palace gate"
Tallest: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm.) high
with Elias S. David (1891-1969), New York; thence by descent.
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More than 70 examples of cones with this inscription are known. See nos. 49-51 E220.127.116.11 in D. Frayne, Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia and no. 40 in A. George, ed., Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schoyen Collection.
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