Sumerian Royal Inscription on Clay Cone
This clay cone bears the most commonly attested royal inscription, which is written in the Sumerian language using cuneiform script, of Gudea, the “ensi” of Lagash. Numerous copies of the same inscription have been found on bricks, blocks, tablets, and door sockets, in addition to cones such as the one pictured above. The inscription is dedicated to the god Ningirsu, whose name appears at the beginning of the only fully visible line in this photo. (Source)
Lagash, c. 2200-2100 BCE.
Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University (Sydney). Photo from CDLI.