I made it last night in a dream
of strange cities;
Hieroglyphics covered the walls and pillars,
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh
and front middle
Left side and
front pillars (Old Akkadian cuneiform):“Whoever damages inscriptions may
This statuette was found among the effects of my great-grandfather
John Dean after he died, having run a bookstore and curio shop in
New Orleans on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter since
his retirement in the 1930s. How he came by the statuette is unknown,
however he did work for the New Orleans Times-Picayune
as a reporter during the 1920s, and thus had occasion to cover
certain unusual events in the southern swamps of Louisiana,
perhaps including those reported by a certain Inspector Legrasse, a tale
that eventually reached the ears of one Howard Philips Lovecraft.
Also among John Dean's effects were some correspondence with a
Professor Gammell, Professor of Semitic languages, inquiring
about the meaning of the inscriptions visible on the sides and front
of the statuette. The translations on this page are reproduced from
Professor Gammell's translation sent to my great-grandfather in reply.
--G. L. R., October 31, 2011
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