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Mesopotamian Gallery: Building Of A Temple
One of the primary duties of Mesopotamian kings was the construction and maintenance of the temples of the gods. Temples were constructed primarily of unbaked mud brick, but rulers employed various methods to insure that their building activities were recorded for posterity. Exhibited here are baked bricks stamped while still soft with inscriptions recording the names, titles, and building activities of various kings, and figurines and inscribed objects from foundation deposits that were buried beneath strategic parts of temple walls. Some of the foundation figurines show the king himself, carrying on his head the basket of materials out of which he would fashion the all-important first brick.
Revised: February 19, 2007