Sumerian Foundation Stone
This stone foundation tablet bears an inscription in Sumerian dedicated from the ruler Gudea to the gods Ningirsu, the titulary deity of the city of Lagash whose name appears in the first line of this tablet, and Enlil, one of the most powerful gods in the Mesopotamian pantheon whose name appears in the third line. Both of these deities’ names are preceded by the divine determinative, which resembles an asterisk. (Source)
Lagash II Period, c. 2200-2100 BCE.
The Walters Art Museum. Photo from CDLI.