virtual-artifacts
virtual-artifacts:

Foundation Tablet,1834-1823 BC (Old Babylonian; Isin-Larsa)
The emphasis on sumptuous materials, such as precious metals and stones, is a common characteristic of foundation deposits. This tablet resembles the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli, prized by the Mesopotamians, although it is in fact made from a less costly material known as “Egyptian blue.” It bears an inscription of King Warad-Sin, ruler of the city-state of Larsa, with a prayer and a dedication.

virtual-artifacts:

Foundation Tablet,1834-1823 BC (Old Babylonian; Isin-Larsa)

The emphasis on sumptuous materials, such as precious metals and stones, is a common characteristic of foundation deposits. This tablet resembles the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli, prized by the Mesopotamians, although it is in fact made from a less costly material known as “Egyptian blue.” It bears an inscription of King Warad-Sin, ruler of the city-state of Larsa, with a prayer and a dedication.