Dedicatory figurine of Ur III king (possibly Shulgi) from foundation deposit of temple of Inanna
Centimetres: 31 (height), 6 (depth), 8.6 (width)
Middle Bronze; Sumerian; Third Dynasty of Ur phase; Shulgi; 21st century BC
Area of Origin: Nippur; Mesopotamia; Iraq
Area of Use: Nippur; Mesopotamia; Iraq
Description: Instead of heralding the building of a temple with a commemorative wall plaque, the ancient Sumerians usually made foundation deposits which were ritually situated beneath the main gate of the temple.
This cast bronze shows King Shulgi symbolically carrying a basket of clay on his head. It was excavated from the gate of the temple of the goddess Inanna at Nippur, Iraq.