The House of the Tablet of Destinies - Temple Banner
This page serves the same function as the inner sanctum of a physical temple; a device is placed here which represents the Goddess Nisaba, to whom the temple is devoted, inviting visitors to reflect on the temple's function and the numinous presence of Nisaba. By placing this banner here, I invite Nisaba, the Lady of the Good Bread, to dwell within, and share her presence and gifts with all those who seek to know her.
The name of the temple is rendered across the top of the banner in Sumerian script: 𒂍𒁾𒉆𒋻𒊏. On either side is a stylised pattern of cuneiform wedges based on the sign 𒉀 naga, which is also used to write the name of Nisaba: 𒀭𒊺𒉀 or 𒀭𒉀, and which is intended to resemble a stalk of wheat. The background is a clay red, and the signs around the outside a deep brown, as though they were imprinted by a stylus.
Beneath the name of the temple is the first paragraph of a Hymn to Nisaba, as though in a shimmering sapphire thread. It reads:
Lady who shines with the many colours of the stars of heaven, lady who holds a perfect tablet of lapis lazuli! Nisaba, who is the mighty wild cow born of the mother goddess, the great wild sheep raised on the righteous holy milk, my lady, you are blessed with 50 majestic divine powers, and you are revered amongst the gods of the house E-kur!
Immediately below that is a depiction of a scribe's hands writing upon a tablet, made out in the same sapphire thread, intended to invoke the perfect tablet of lapis lazuli which Nisaba is so often depicted holding and consulting.