Enheduanna, the daughter of King Sargon of Akkad (2334-2279 BCE), composed numerous poems and hymns, such as the one above written in Sumerian and dedicated to the goddess Inanna (the Sumerian counterpart to Ishtar). During her lifetime, Enheduanna served as a high priestess of the moon god, Nanna, in the city of Ur. A genuine creative talent, she is also remembered as one of the first named authors in history. Although the tablet above is somewhat damaged, it provides a good example of a later copy of one of her hymns, which shows that her work continued to be read and taught in scribal schools well into the second millennium BCE. (Source)
Statuette made of cold hammered silver with gold inlays in the eyes,
ears and breasts, and gold leaf boots. It represents a female figure
standing and holding her breasts, probably the great Anatolian
(12.7 cm / 5 in tall)
This inscribed terra-cotta cylinder describes King Nebuchadnezzar’s rebuilding of Babylon, especially its famous walls and temples. It also offers a prayer that Nebuchadnezzar be granted long life and other blessings in return for his piety.
Neo-Babylonian, 604-562 BC, in the Ancient Near East Gallery
Lagash (present-day Telloh, Iraq), ca. 2100 BC (Neo-Sumerian)
Body H: (16 x 4.5 cm); Diam of Head: (6.9 cm)
Clay nails such as this one inscribed with the name of King Gudea of
Lagash were embedded in the upper parts of walls, sometimes with the
head protruding. They may have developed from the custom of hammering a
peg into a wall to signal ownership. This example bears a dedication to a
deity and would have symbolically marked a temple as divine property.
The seal shows mythological scenes, a god is sitting on a throne on the left of the image before five other gods that approach him, one of these gods has two faces. On the right of the image a deitie is slaying a fallen enemie, while two other enemies are burning on a pyre.
Anatolian, Hittite Period, 1650 - 1200 BC.
Location is unknown but it is said to have been found on Cyprus.