Sumerian Door Socket
This stone door socket from Lagash bears a dedicatory inscription written in Sumerian cuneiform (enlarged in the second image) from Gudea, the “ENSI” of Lagash, to Ningirsu, the patron god of that city. The Sumerian title of “ENSI”, which is usually spelled with the cuneiform signs PA.TE.SI as they appear in line 5 of this inscription, has no exact translation in English but designates a ruler, perhaps akin to a governor or prince, of a city-state. (Source)
Lagash II (c. 2200-2100).
National Museum of Iraq. Photo from CDLI.