A third-millennium-BC foundation figure from northern Mesopotamia, purchased on the art market by the Metropolitan Museum in 1948 without a known provenance. According to Philippe de Montebello in Whose Culture?, edited by James Cuno, inscriptions on this lion and another purchased by the Louvre ‘provided the earliest evidence that the city of Urkesh known in later mythological texts as the home of the chief Hurrian deity, Nergal, god of the underworld, had in fact existed.’