The Great Fatted Bull
Tablet #36
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Sumerian History
The Royal Tombs of Ur
The Standard of Ur:  War
The Standard of Ur:  King
The "Standard" of Ur?
Vulture Stele Translation
Sumerian War Chariots
War Chariot Deconstructed
Gudea Translation
Gudea Tablet
The Face of Gudea
The Face of Ur-Ningirsu
The Face of Lugal-agrig-zi
Ur-Namma Translation
The Face of Ur-Namma
Face of Ur-Namma, part II
I am Ur-Namma
The Face of Shulgi
Who Were the Sumerians?
Other Sumerian Kings
The Princess Wife
The Great Fatted Jackass
Sargon's Victory Stele
Helmet: the King of Kish
The Standard of Mari?
The Invention of Writing
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This beautiful tablet is from Gudea (his name is on the 5th line down).  It is dedicated to Ningirsu. It is not clay, but carved stone. The translation is similiar to the one found on the foundation cone. On this tablet, Gudea commemorates his restoration of a defensive wall for the city of Girsu. The necessity of restoring the city's defensives indicates the kind of times Gudea lived in.  Enlarge the tablet.