SUMERIAN BLACKSTONE WITH ARABIC SCRIPT

MS 2400
MS Short Title SUMERIAN BLACKSTONE WITH ARABIC SCRIPT
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  1. FOUNDATION PLAQUE OF GUDEA FOR THE NINKAR TEMPLE: FOR NINKAR, THE "SHINING ON OF HEAVEN", HIS MASTER, GUDEA, GOVERNOR OF LAGASH, HIS TEMPLE OF NIMIN BUILT TEMPLE
  2. MAGICAL TEXT: IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MERCIFUL AND PLENTIFUL
Description MS in Sumerian on black stone, Lagash, Sumer, ca. 2150 BC, 1 plaque, 9,5x5,8xca.1,5 cm, single column, 8 lines in cuneiform script; text 2: in Arabic, 661-750 AD, 13 lines in Omayyad kufic script, bronze peg for suspension.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1997, blue quarter morocco gilt folding case by Aquarius.
Commentary This is a unique occurrence of an attested early medieval ownership of a Sumerian object. Possibly it was found in the Omayyad period, and due to its beauty and unknown unreadable script, it was turned into an object with magical powers.
Published Andrew George, ed.: Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schøyen Collection, Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology, vol. 17, Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, Cuneiform texts VI. CDL Press, Bethesda, MD, 2011, text 15, pp. 19-20, pl. XI.
Place of origin Mesopotamia
Dates ca 2150 BC and 661 - 750 AD

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