|Sumerian Foundation Cone with Cuneiform Text
about 2140 B.C.
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Sumerian Foundation Cone with Cuneiform TextTemple cones like these were placed in the interior temple walls of ancient Sumer (modern-day Iraq) for decoration. They typicaly record information about the ruler of that day and information about the god the temple was dedicated to. The exposed ends of these cones were usually dipped in bright colours and set in mosaic patterns or sheathed in bronze. This cone is made of terra cotta and is about 5 inches long.