Votive Cone Shaped Tablet for the Temple of Ishtar

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Title

Votive Cone Shaped Tablet for the Temple of Ishtar

Subject

Clay tablets, Cuneiform tablets, Cuneiform inscriptions, Sumerian, Antiquities

Description

Found at Warka, the ruin city of the ancient city of Erech, mentioned in Genesis 10:10. This is a votive, cone-shaped phallic symbol, made by the priests of the temple of the Goddess Ishtar, the Goddess of Love, and sold to the visiting pilgrims who thrust it into a hole between the bricks of the temple wall as an offering to the welfare of the king. Thus a part of the temple income was derived.

The inscription read: "For Sin-ga-shid, the mighty hero, King of Erech, King of Amanu, in the temple of the Goddess Ishtar, which he built in the royal residence of his kingdom." The date of this king, and therefore of the cone, is about 2100 B.C.E.

Date

Circa 2100 B.C.E.

Rights

Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of Special Collections of the S.C. Williams Library at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Original Format

Cuneiform Clay Tablet

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Citation

"Votive Cone Shaped Tablet for the Temple of Ishtar," in Stevens Digital Collections, Item #12, http://librarycollections.stevens.edu/items/show/12 (accessed September 20, 2017).

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