Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients

The Near Eastern Collection

Clay nail with an inscription by king Ishmedagan of Isin (1953-1935 BC) on the shaft. In this inscription the king describes how he freed the city of Nippur, the religious center of ancient Sumer, from taxes and services and built a great wall in Isin. Such clay nails had a similar function as our foundation stones.


- approx. 1953-1935 BC -

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