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The Early Dynastic ‘Maison des Fruits’ at Tell K in Tello (Ĝirsu)

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Tsouparopoulou, Christina  ORCID logo


Taking as a point of departure a foundation figurine of the Lagashite ruler Ur-Nanše, housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece, this article presents a revised understanding of the ‘Maison des Fruits’ and the Tell K at Tello/Ĝirsu. It centers on the objects and their inscriptions unearthed in and associated with the ‘Maison’, includes relevant parallel structures and objects, and concludes with a discussion of the function of the ‘Maison’. It is suggested that this was a sacred building closely related to water and fish, and leaves the discussion open regarding whom this structure was dedicated to.



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Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research

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American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)

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Swedish Research Council (via Uppsala University) (ID: 2016-02028)
Swedish Research Council (via Uppsala University) (2016-02028)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (748293)