Sumarian Temple Cone from the restoration of the White Eagle Temple of Nin-Girsu, at Lagash. ca. 2143 to 2124 BC, by King Gudea.

Ancient Coins - Sumarian Temple Cone from the restoration of the  White Eagle Temple of Nin-Girsu, at Lagash.  ca. 2143 to 2124 BC, by King Gudea.
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Size : 126.6 mm long  x  48.9 mm across the top at the widest point.

Material : Light tan color clay, slightly sandy.

Age : Time of Gudea at Lagash - ca. 2143 to 2124 BC

This is an intact cone with a cuneiform inscription that reads as follows :

Gudea, ruler of Lagash, brought forth in splendour for Nig-Girsu, the mighty warrior of Enlil, everthing he should have.  He rebuilt for him his Eninnu - the White Eagle - and has restored it.

These cones were placed as dedications during the building or restoration of temples, and there can be hundreds of cones, all with the same inscription, in any one temple.  To the best of my knowledge, there are only four types, from four temples.

The translation of this example comes from LADDERS TO HEAVEN, ART TREASURES FROM LANDS OF THE BIBLE, edited by Oscar White Muscarella and published by McClelland and Stewart  (1981), where a very similar coin with the identical inscription is illustrated on page 48, image #48.

The vast majority of such cones are found with their tips missing (including the one in Ladders to Heaven).   This example, with a perfect tip and very clear inscriptions, is as nice as these get.

Another example of this particular cone, from the same temple, is illustrated as #368 in COLLECTING ANTIQUITIES, AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE, by Charles Ede, published by J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1976.

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US$ 795.00
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