Ur-Ningirsu

Ur-Ningirsu (Sumerian: 𒀭𒊩𒌆𒄑𒍣𒁕, DNin-ḡiš-zi-da)[1] also Ur-Ningirsu II, was a ruler (ensi) of the state of Lagash in Southern Mesopotamia who ruled c. 2110 BC. He was the son of the previous ruler of Lagash named Gudea.[2][3]

A statue of Ur-Ningirsu is shared by The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, and the Musée du Louvre, as they own separately the head and the body of the statue, respectively.[3][4] The statue has an inscription in the back, which reads:

For Ningišzida, his (personal) god, Ur-Ningirsu, ruler of Lagash, son of Gudea, ruler of Lagash, who built Ningirsu’s Eninnu, fashioned his (own) statue. I am the one beloved of his (personal) god; let my life be long - (this is how) he named that statue for his (Ningirsu’s) sake, and he brought it to him into his House

Inscription of Statue A of Ur-Ningirsu.[1]

References

  1. Inscription of Statue A of Ur-Ningirsu, body AO 9504, head MMA 47.100.86, in Edzard, Sibylle; Edzard, Dietz Otto (1997). Gudea and His Dynasty. University of Toronto Press. pp. 185–186. ISBN 9780802041876.
  2. Edzard, Sibylle; Edzard, Dietz Otto (1997). Gudea and His Dynasty. University of Toronto Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 9780802041876.
  3. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2003. pp. 431–432. ISBN 9781588390431.
  4. "Un prince sumérien de retour à Paris - Ur-Ningirsu | Musée du Louvre | Paris". www.louvre.fr.

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