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Ruler of Lagash
Ur-Ningirsu ruler of Lagash circa 2110 BCE.jpg
Statue of Ur-Ningirsu, prince of Lagash. AO 9504 Louvre Museum.
Reignc. 2110 BC
DynastyRulers of Lagash
Ur-Ningirsu ruled in Lagash.

Ur-Ningirsu (Sumerian: 𒌨𒀭𒎏𒄈𒍪, Ur-D-nin-gir-su)[1] also Ur-Ningirsu II in contrast with the earlier Ur-Ningirsu I, was a Sumerian 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]

Statue of Ur-Ningirsu[edit]

A statue of Ur-Ningirsu, dedicated to Ningishzida (Sumerian: 𒀭𒎏𒄑𒍣𒁕, DNin-ḡiš-zi-da), 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. AO 9504 Louvre Museum.[1]

Other objects and inscriptions[edit]

Also found was a foundation cone describing Ur-Ningirsu's construction of several temples.[5]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "Sumerian Pottery Cuneiform Foundation Cone". LiveAuctioneers Archives. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Metropolitan Museum". www.metmuseum.org.
  7. ^ "Collection object details". British Museum.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Lagash
ca. 22nd century BC
Succeeded by