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Sumerian : Exact Recreation : Art Object : Writing, Communication
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Hand Painted
Size: 6" x 8.5" x 4"
Material: Cast Stone, mounted on a custom wooden base
Time: c. 2140 BC
Location: Sumerian Culture, Mesopotamia

Politicians probably made speeches when this cuneiform cone was used to dedicate a building over 4000 years ago in Sumeria (later known as Persia and now Iran). This is an exact copy of the original which was made of sun-baked clay gathered from the banks of the Tigris or Euphrates Rivers. The cuneiform (meaning "wedge shaped") writing around the cone first appeared around 3200 B.C. and was used for thousands of years in Middle Eastern cultures. As was typical, this cone named the ruler responsible for the building and requested the blessings of the gods on its use. It was placed in the building's cornerstone, never intended to be seen by human eyes again.

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