Brick stamps were often used by rulers of Mesopotamia, in order to honor a specific god or to call for the protection of the building. The stamp itself is inscribed backward and then pressed into mud bricks, which are typically used for the foundation of temples. This brick stamp is inscribed with the mark of Shar-kali-sharri, one of the many great kings of the Akkadian Empire.
Photographed by Eva Low
L-29-306 (museum number)
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Loaned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1932