Brick of an Elamite king.


The reign of Shilhak-Inshushinak marked the high point of the Elamite kingdom and its military expansion in the 12th century BCE. This foundation brick is evidence of the buildings commissioned by the king for his capital, Susa: "I, Shilhak-Inshushinak, son of Shutruk-Nakhunte, beloved servant of Inshushinak, king of Anzan and Susa, this place which ancient kings had built with baked bricks, I, Shilhak-Inshushinak, decorated it with glazed bricks; on them I inscribed my name." A few years later, Nebuchadnezzar I defeated the Elamites.

Brick conserved in the Louvre, Near East Antiquities, excavations by Jacques de Morgan, Sb 11945.


Musée du Louvre

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