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Clay Nails - A Treaty of Fraternity

Clay Nails - A Treaty of Fraternity, Mesopotamia
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Clay Nails - A Treaty of Fraternity is a Mesopotamian Clay Artifact created in 2400BCE. It lives at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The image is used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Political Work, Artifact and Cuneiform. Source

Foundation nail dedicated by Entemena, king of Lagash, to the god of Bad-Tibira, about the peace treaty concluded between Lagash and Umma. Extract from the inscription: “Those were the days when Entemena, ruler of Lagash, and Lugal-kinishe-dudu, ruler of Umma, concluded a treaty of fraternity". This text is the oldest diplomatic document known. Found in Telloh, ancient Girsu, ca. 2400 BC.

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