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Sumerian antiquities at the Louvre – 6

Some more examples of foundation nails, these made of more perishable materials, pillar bases, and plaques from Sumerian temples.

The king in the temple and relaxing at the palace.

Visual representation was important even in the first society with a script. The king is depicted markedly bigger than the commoners, whether he is paying homage to the gods or sitting and sipping wine in is palace. Note the exquisite sheepskin skirt he has on.

The base of a pillar from a temple. Two pins, perhaps of copper were inserted into the holes seen, and fit into similar holes in the section placed on top of this, stabilizing the structure.
Foundation nails for a temple Uruk, c 24th cent. BCE

The script on the foundation nail at the right describes a treaty between Enmetena, prince of Lagash, and Lugal-Kinishedudu, prince of Uruk. The symbolic burial of the nail in the temple foundations was meant to signify the sanctity of the treaty.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


One thought on “Sumerian antiquities at the Louvre – 6

  1. Thank you, Dr Hb for bringing the series back!


    Posted by Amy | 27/05/2020, 8:02 PM

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