Urnanshe (King of Lagash) Relief

The Urnanshe King of Lagash Stele

The Urnanshe King of Lagash Stele

This limestone stele from ancient Sumer depicts the king of Lagash, Urnanshe, carrying a basket of bricks in the view of his family and also seated at a table. The inscription reveals himself, his family, and his temples and achievements.

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Urnanshe (King of Lagash) Relief
Tello, formerly Girsu
Around 2500 BC
Limestone
H 0.40 m; W 0.47 m
AO 2344
 

Description

"Founder of the dynasty which reigned for nearly two centuries over Lagash, King Urnanshe liked to commemorate his constructions. He had himself portrayed as a simple bricklayer, carrying the brick basket in front of his family, then seated at table. He wears the fur skirt -the so-called "kaunakès"- with its traditional, angular tongue-shaped hangings. The inscription names each member of his family, then lists the main temples built under his supervision" - Louvre

Genesis 15:7 - And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

The Urnanshe King of Lagash Stele

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