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Statuette of Punic-Phoenician deity, very probably Tanit carrying sacrificed male child.
Provenance: uncertain, North Africa
Formerly part of a collection
Estimated dating: circa 300 BC.
For information on Tanit:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanit

Stone foundation nail from the Temple of Ningirsu – the E-ninnu House of 50, detailing the ordering of construction by Ensi Gudea of Lagash.
Provenance: Iraq
Formerly part of a collection
Estimated dating: circa 2130 BCE.
For information on Gudea of Lagash:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudea
For a similar inscription see:
http://cdli.ucla.edu/dl/lineart/P232471_l.jpg

Cuneiform tablet detailing taxation of both sheep and goats by the Temple of Nippur (I need to get that re-verified).
Provenance: Iraq
Formerly part of a collection
Estimated dating: c1800 BCE – Is dated to the rule of Sumu-El, King of the southern kingdom of Larsa. Dates may be 100 years out of synch because of mistaken eclipse events.

Picture 7 shows the ‘envelope’.

Syro-Hittite fertility deity, unbroken (they were usually smashed as part of the birth process).
Provenance: Unknown
Purchased on the Internet
Estimated dating: c. 1000 BCE.

If anyone wants to suggest any corrections to any of the above, I would welcome that. I did at one time have the texts examined by Irving Finkel:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/departments/staff/middle_east/irving_finkel.aspx

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