Sumerian Cuneiform Foundation Cone: Ishme-Dagan

 

Sumerian Cuneiform Foundation Cone: Ishme-Dagan

An ancient Sumerian cuneiform inscribed clay foundation cone of Ishme-Dagan, fourth king in the First Dynasty of Isin, in which the ruler dedicates the building the city walls of Isin. The text reads: "Ishme-Dagan, the strong warrior, the king of Isin, the king of the four quarters of the world, when he, Nippur, beloved city of Enlil, completely built, his troops in military service working around Isin, built these walls: 'Ishme-Dagan thanks Enlil and (rules) with the strength of his name.'"

Reign of Ishme-Dagan, ca. 1889?1871 BC.
From Isin, Southern Mesopotamia.
Length: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm).
Intact.

The site of Isin was occupied at least as early as the Early Dynastic Period in the middle of the 3rd millennium BC, and possibly as far back as the Ubaid period. The text in two columns:
TRANSLITERATION..................TRANSLATION
1. Is-me-da-gan..............................Ishme-Dagan
2. nita-kal-ga...................................the strong warrior,
3. lugal-i-si-in-na.............................the king of Isin,
4. lugal-an-ub--da-limmu-ba-ke......the king of the four quarters of the world,
5. u-nibru........................................when he, Nippur
6. uru-ki-ag.....................................beloved city
7. en-lil-la.......................................of Enlil,
8. gu-bi...........................................completely
9. mu-un-du....................................built.
10. eren-bi-kaskal-ta......................His troops
11. ba-ra-an-zi-ga-a........................in military service
12 .bad-gal.....................................worked
13. i-si-in-na...................................around Isin,
14. mu-un-du..................................built
15. bad-ba.....................................these walls:
16. Is-me-da-gan...........................Ishme-Dagan
17. En-lil-da...................................thanks to Enlil
18. a-an-gala................................. and with the strength
19. mu-bi-im..................................of his name.

cf.: G. Pettinato, L'Uomo Cominicio a Scrivere, Inscrizioni Cuneiformi della Collezioine Michail, (Milan, 1997), pp. 152-160, nos, 75-83.

Formerly in the Estate of Paul Goodman, Houston, Texas, acquired before 1990.

Inv#: 6254

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