Large Fragment of a Sumerian Cuneiform Brick with the Inscription of Amar Sin

Culture: Sumerian
Period: 2046-2038 B.C.
Material: Clay
Dimensions: 19 cm x 12.8 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 6376
Provenance: Private collection Gerhard Staschen, Germany, acquired 1981/82 in Basrah. Since then in the family estate. With a copy of the translation from the early 1980s.
Condition: Unrestored
Description: Fragment of a clay brick with an inscription bearing the name of Amar-Sin, the third king of the third dynasty of Ur. Amar-Sin is known today for making efforts to restore the ancient sites of Sumer. The upper left part of the original 13-line inscription has been preserved. "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." The reverse with a thick, preserved layer of the original bitumen with which the brick, illegible from the outside, was processed into the masonry.