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Gudea cylinders

Gudea cylinders, Mesopotamia
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Gudea cylinders is a Mesopotamian Clay Artifact created in 2125 BCE. It lives at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Worship, Artifact and Cuneiform. SourceDownload

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The Gudea cylinders are a pair of terracotta cylinders dating to circa 2125 BC, which are inscribed in cuneiform with the Sumerian myth “The Building of Ningursu’s temple.” The cylinders were made by Gudea, the ruler of Lagash, and were found in 1877 during excavations at Telloh (ancient Girsu), Iraq and are now displayed in the Louvre in Paris, France. They are the largest cuneiform cylinders yet discovered and contain the longest known text written in the Sumerian language.

The translated story of The Building of Ningursu’s Temple is powerful story of vision and divine inspiration, and can be read here in two parts:

The Building of Ningursu’s Temple - Part 1 (Cylinder A)
The Building of Ningursu’s Temple - Part 2 (Cylinder B)

Reed Enger, "Gudea cylinders," in Obelisk Art History, Published May 16, 2015; last modified July 09, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/timeline/the-ancient-world/mesopotamia/gudea-cylinders/.

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