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Foundation Tablet and Statuette [Object of the Day #76]

By: Alyssa Kaminski

Foundation Tablet
Foundation Tablet


Found in a baked brick box beneath the foundation of the Temple of Enki, at Ur. This statuette and tablet were inside one, of many, baked brick boxes found in the foundations of sites around southern Mesopotamia. They are one of the few that have been well-documented in an archeological context. The objects are made of soapstone and are inscribed. They would have been created during the time of Rim-Suen, the Amorite king of Larsa, 1900 BC.

Penn Museum Object #31-17-7

See this and other objects like it on Penn Museum’s Online Collection Database

Or to learn more about objects found beneath temples at Ur read Expedition Magazine Article: From Beneath the Temple by, Richard L. Zettler

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