CDLI Literary 000381, ex. 007 (P263640)

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 08818 + CBS 10347 + N 1313 + N 3676

Period

Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

Provenience

Nippur (mod. Nuffar)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Literary (ETCSL 2.02.04 Lament for Nippur (witness) Nippur Lament; (Obv)21x(Rev)17 lines)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
1. mu-[lu szir3]-ra# na-ag2-tar gig-ga-gu10#-[usz]
2. me-e ib2#-[szi]-ib2#-ed3-de3-en er2# im#-sze22-sze22#-[en]
3. a2-sze balag# di# szir3# zu-ne#
4. mur-ma-ra-gu10# ma#-ar ma-ab-be2-ne#-[am3]
5. i3-ne-esz2 kusz2#-a im#-ma#-ab-dirig-ga#-[gu10]
6. [dili-dili]-bi# er2-ra ma-an-ga2-[ga2-ne-am3]
7. a2-sze sza3# [su]-mu#-ug tab#-tab#-[ba-gu10]
8. ki ku4#-ra#-[bi] ma#-a-ar# [lu2 mu-da-an-zu-am3]
9. a-ra2 gig#-ga# sza3# [bur12-ra-gu10]
10. u5-a tur-ra#-[gu10 er2-ra ma-an-du12-am3]
11. nin# e2 du3-a [ki-tusz-a-ne-ne]
12. lul-e-esz# ba#-ab-[gar]-ra# tum9-e# ba#-[ab-tur-ra-am3]
13. lu2-erim2-ke4 ka#-na-ag2-gu10 [ib2-til-la]
14. er2-ra ma-a-ar ma#-an-ga2-ga2-ne-am3#
15. sza3 ag2-gig-ga ib2-dirig-gu10
16. er2-sze3 ba-ab-be2-ne# ib2-sed4-de3-ne-a
17. er2-bi u3-mu-un#-ga2# mu-un-ga2-ga2-ne-a
18. arhusz sza3-ne-sza4 ma#-ar# ma#-an#-tuku-am3#
19. {d}mu-ul-lil2 [a-a] sag-ge6#-ga#-[ke4]
20. ki#-gu10 gi4#-gi4#-gu10# a2#-bi i3-ag2#-[ga2-a-ke4]
21. [ki-ru]-gu2# 4(disz)#-kam-ma-am3#
22. [sza3-gu10 mud-a ba-ni-gel]-le#-eg3#-gen# [ba-bir-bir-en sug-ge4 ba-ab-gu7]
23. [...]
reverse
1. [...]
2. [a2-sze {d}mu-ul-lil2 a i-bi2-za szu] ba#-szi#-in#-ti-a#
3. [za-e ni2-za] er2# gig#-[ga] szesz4#-a# ba#-i#-ri#-ib#?-ak#?-esz#
4. na#-ag2#-bi#-sze3# x x x u3#-mu#-un#-zu#-ur2# du11#-mu#-[na-ab]
5. u3#-mu#-un#-gu10# en3#-[sze3 i-bi2 bar-mu-szi-ib] u3#-mu#-un#-[gu10] e#-ne# du11#-mu#-na#-ab#
6. ta#-asz ag2# [pe]-el#-la#? [(x) nu]-mu#-un#-zi#-zi#?-i#? nu#-mu#-un#-da#?-[x (x) du11]-mu#-na#-ab#
7. sza3-zu# ha#-ma#-sed4#-[de3 ag2]-gig#? gi#-mu#-ra#-ab# u4# x-ra# [du11]-mu#-na#-ab#
8. esz3-esz3#-zu# ku10#-ku10#-[ga-gu10 ki-tusz]-bi# ku4#-ma#-ni#-ib# du11-mu-na-ab
9. u4 babbar#-ra# su#-ub#-ba# [dadag-ga-gin7] szum2#-mu-na-ab du11#-mu#-na-ab
10. [...] x x [...] x x [...]
11. nig2 nu-sa6#?-ge#?-x [x x-ma IGI x x-zal-la bi2]-ib2#?-[du3-e du11-mu-na-ab]
12. i-gi4#-in#-zu# [ur5-ra-ke4-esz sza-ne-sza4 arhusz ma-ra-tuku-tuku]
  blank space between two breaks
13. sza3#-zu# sza3# [sag3] ib2#-ta#?-[be4-e sza3 zalag ma-ra-an-gar-ra-me]
14. sag-[zu zi]-zi# gesz#-szub#-ba#-za# ul#-[sze3 ma-ra-an-ga2-ga2]
15. ag2# kur2#-re# za#-ar# i#-ri#-ak#-e# [szu-bi bi2-ib-gi4-gi4-e]
16. ki#-ru#-gu2# 5(disz)#-kam#-[ma-am3]
17. uru2#-a# szu# bar#-re# nu#-zu#-a# ur5#-re# bi2#-ib#-[sig10-ge]
18. gesz#-gi4#-gal2#-bi#-[im]
19. a2#-sze# u3#-mu#-un#-zu# gu2# szub#-ba# kur2# [me]-e#-szi#-in#-ra#-[am3]
  double ruling
  blank

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Consult word list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
  • Measurements (mm):
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  • Artifact Preservation: fragment
  • This artifact is composed of fragments.
  • Condition Description: along UE. , rev. very worn
  • Join Information:
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 2.02.04 Lament for Nippur (witness) Nippur Lament; (Obv)21x(Rev)17 lines)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: OIP 16, 068 (CBS 08818)

    [Chiera1934OIP16] Chiera, Edward. 1934. Sumerian Texts of Varied Contents. Oriental Institute Publications 16. University of Chicago Press.

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  • Museum No.: CBS 08818 + CBS 10347 + N 1313 + N 3676
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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 000381 (Lament for Nippur) composite (P469683) View the score

General Notes: -
CDLI Notes:

P263640 leadP263640 lead

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000381, Ex. 007 Artifact Entry.” (2005) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P263640.
CDLI Literary 000381, ex. 007 artifact entry (No. P263640). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P263640 (Original work published 2005)
CDLI Literary 000381, ex. 007 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P263640 (Accessed: April 17, 2024).
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	note = {[Online; accessed 2024-04-17]},
	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000381, ex. 007 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P263640},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P263640},
}

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