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* A Mesopotamian Cuneiform Brick Fragment, ca. 3rd - 2nd millennium BCE

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This ceramic brick fragment is stamped with a partial cuneiform inscription.  Such bricks were used by Mesopotamian rulers to promote their kingship and garner their city god’s favor by maintaining, repairing, and at times rebuilding their temple. The repair of a temple created an opportunity for a ruler to bury his own inscription within the walls, leaving a record for future generations.

Condition: Fragment of a larger piece, but overall intact with wear to the surface face that is in good condition.

Dimensions:  Height: 5 inches (12.7 cm), Width: 4 inches (10.16 cm), Depth: 3 inches (7.62 cm)

Provenance:  Private collection of a diplomat, Chevy Chase, MD acquired in the 1960s and then by descent.


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