Bitumen-Fragment of a Sumerian Cuneiform Brick with an Inscription of Amar-Sin

Culture: Sumerian
Period: 2046-2038 B.C.
Material: Bitumen
Dimensions: 6 cm x 6.2 cm
Price: 600 Euro
Ref: 6271
Provenance: Private collection Achim Klett, Bavaria, Germany, acquired 1975. Since then in a family estate. With an old photograph depicting the collection and a handwritten provenance confirmation.
Condition: Fragment
Description: Bitumen fragment of a clay brick with an inscription mentioning the name of Amar-Sin, the third king of the 3rd dynasty from Ur. Amar-Sin is known today for making efforts to restore the ancient sites of Sumer. The bitumen fragment depicts an excerpt of the original inscription, which was stamped into the brick, like the “negative” with embossed letters. The complete inscription reads: “Amar-Suen, the one called by (the god) Enlil in (the town) Nippur, supporter of the temple of Enlil, the strong king, king of Ur, king of the four (world) quarters, for (the god) Enki his beloved lord, he (i.e., Amar-Suen) built his (i.e, Enki’s) beloved (temple) Abzu.” Mounted.