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 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.