CDLI Literary 000383, ex. 011 (P259244)

Literary tablet excavated in Nippur (mod. Nuffar), dated to the Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) period and now kept in Penn Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Museum Collection(s)

Penn Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Museum Number

CBS 02189 + CBS 02227 + CBS 02297a

Period

Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

Provenience

Nippur (mod. Nuffar)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Literary (ETCSL 2.02.06 Lament for Eridu (witness) Ishtar bewails miserable condition and solitude of her house, temples and harems.)

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1. e2 na-ag2-u3-mu-un-e ba-ab-du7-a-gu10
 en: x my house, suitable for rule,
2. e2 lal3 u5-nun bal-bal-e-gu10
 en: x my house of libated syrup and ghee,
3. ama5-gu10 ag2 ki-sikil tur-ra-gu10 hi-li-zu nu-du8-a me-e!(a) er2-zu ga-[tum3]
 en: x the woman’s abode of my childhood maiden (years), no longer filled with your charms: I am the one who would carry your tears!
4. me-e er2-zu ga-tum3 er2-zu nu-gul-e sza3-gu10 nu-sed4-de3#
 en: I am the one who would carry your tears! Your tears do not cease, my heart is not assuaged.
5. na-ag2-bi-sze3 balag#-di# ba-da-gub u3 nu-um-szi-ku#-[ku]
 en: Because of this, the lamenter is at the ready (and) does not sleep.
6. lu2-e11-de3 ba-<da>-ra-ak-a-gin7 sag nu-mu-un#-[ga2-ga2?]
 en: Like the dagger-wielding ecstatic, (s)he does not approach?.
7. pi#-li-pi-li szu-bal-ak-a-gin7# sila# dagal-[ta ba-gen?]
 en: Like the changing pi-li-pi-li, (s)he went along(?) the public square.
8. [ki]-sikil#-e sig2-bar#-ra# bi2#-in-du8 sa6# [x x x]
 en: The maiden(?) lets her hair hang loosely backwards. A good […]
9. [x x x] i-si-isz mi#-ni-ib2-la2 [...]
 en: … began to wail …
10. [x x x] uru2-zu zag bi2-in#-tag# e2?# [x x x]
 en: … he destroyed your city. … the house(?) …
11. [x x e2? {d}]am#-an#-ki# zag# bi2#-in-tag# [x]
 en: […] he destroyed the house of(?) Enki(?) …
12. [x x] x szu#-ba# szu he2-bi2#-[in-tag?]
 en: … he seized(?) their hands.
13. [x x] x me nam-nun-na [x x]
 en: … the princely rites …
14. [x x] bi2-ak zag e2-gar8-e [x x]
 en: … made, … at the side of the wall.
15. [x x x]-gu10 inim su3-ud-da-asz dingir gal-gal#-[e-ne]
 en: My …, the eternal command of the great gods.
16. [u3-mu]-un# {d}mu-ul-lil2 u3#-mu-un kur-kur-ra-[ke4]
 en: Lord Enlil, lord of the lands,
17. [ki-en]-gi-ra i-bi2# [hul he2]-en#-szi#-bar# giri3#-[bal-a he2-em-mi-in-ra]
 en: Looked maliciously at Sumer, devastated it with a flood-storm.
18. [ki-ur3] ki# gal# [zag he2-bi2-in-tag]
 en: He destroyed Kiur, the great place.
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reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [mu-ud-na-gu10 me-na ba-du3-e me-na ba-gul?]-e# [me-tesz2 abzu? ...]
 en: “My beloved, for how long was it built? For how long is it destroyed? … adornment of the Abzu.”
2'. [gesz-gi4]-gal2#-bi#-[im]
 en: Its gešgigal.
3'. [u3-mu-un {d}am-an-ki uru2-zu uru2-ze2-eb gul-la a-ba]-a# igi# mu-ni-in#-[du8]
 en: “Lord Enki, who has seen a destruction (like that) of your city Eridu?
4'. [esz3 abzu e2-zu]-gin7# hul#-a# a#-ba-[a igi mu-ni-in-du8]
 en: Who has seen a misfortune like that of the Abzu shrine, your house?
5'. [ki-szu-tag-ga-zu lu2 nu-e11-de3]
 en: No one goes up to your cultic place.
6'. [kin-sig unu2 gal-ni mu-ni] li#-bi2-in#-pa3#-[de3]
 en: At the afternoon meal, in his great dining hall, they do not call his name.”
7'. [{d}en-ki] lugal# abzu#-[ke4]
 en: Enki, king of the abzu,
8'. [sza3 ba-an]-sag3# ur5-ra-ni# [ba]-usz2# inim# nitalam#-na#-[sze3]
 en: felt distresssed, felt anxious. At the words of his spouse,
9'. ni2#-te#-a#-ni i-si-isz mi#-[ni]-ib#-la2# sza3-ka-tab ba#-[an-nu2]
 en: he himself began to wail, and lay down fasting.
10'. lugal#-gu10 ur5# nam#-ba#-usz2#-e# [sza3] nam#-ba#-sag3#-ge#
 en: “My king, you must not be distressed, you must not be anxious!”
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Consult previous versions and their differences
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Consult word list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • Artifact Preservation: fragment
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 2.02.06 Lament for Eridu (witness) Ishtar bewails miserable condition and solitude of her house, temples and harems.)
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  • Museum No.: CBS 02189 + CBS 02227 + CBS 02297a
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  • Provenience: Nippur (mod. Nuffar)
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This artifact is a witness to the following composite(s):

Composite Score
CDLI Literary 000383 (Lament for Eridu) composite (P469685) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000383, Ex. 011 Artifact Entry.” (2005) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P259244.
CDLI Literary 000383, ex. 011 artifact entry (No. P259244). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P259244 (Original work published 2005)
CDLI Literary 000383, ex. 011 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P259244 (Accessed: July 23, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000383, ex. 011 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P259244},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P259244},
}

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