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Rare intact Elamite Foundation brick with Cuneiform, ca. 1300 BC

Rare intact Elamite Foundation brick with Cuneiform, ca. 1300 BC

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Rare Clay Foundation Brick, Elamite, ca 1300 BC.

This brick is rare and intact with 4 lines of Cuneiform going all the way over two sides. So this foundation stone was at the same time a corner stone that would have been visible from two sides of the building. The inscription is in Elamite language, but written using Mesopotamian cuneiform.

The inscription is a standard one that celebrates the king of Elam, in this case likely Untash-Napirisha, from ca. 1275–1240 BC, that laid this stone in an ancient Elamite city. The inscription is also a dedikation to the Inshushinak, an important god of the Elamites and would read something like this: ''I, (name) king of Anshan and Susa, desirous that my life be continually one of prosperity, that the extinction of my lineage not be granted when it shall be judged (?), with this intention I built a temple of baked bricks, a high temple of glazed bricks; I gave it to the god Inshushinak of the Sacred Precinct. I raised a ziggurat. May the work which I created, as an offering, be agreeable to Inshushinak''.

Impressive piece as intact, most specimens are mere fractures - so a very rare and desirable antiquity.

Size: 40 cm. high, 9,5 cm. thick and 17 cm. wide. Very heavy in hardburnt clay. More than 10 kilograms, perhaps likely 12.

Condition: Superb.

Provenance: Preben De Neergaard, Contractor in Ancient Near East in the 1950s. Bought from the widow.