CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 019 (P346098)

Literary tablet excavated in Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar), dated to the Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) period and now kept in British Museum, London, UK

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British Museum, London, UK

Museum Number

BM —

Period

Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

Provenience

Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Literary (ETCSL 1.03.02 Inanna and Ebih ('Decad no. 08') (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
1. x sahar-ra# [...] x [...]
 en: Like one who should not/indeed did(?) drag (its) beard(!?) in the dust for me
2. hur-sag#!? x [...] ni2#-gu10# [...]
 en: I want to fill my hand with(?) the risen(?) mountain, I want to make it know my fear
3. a2 mah#-[...] gu4# mah ga#-ba#-szi#-in#-DU#
 en: I want to bring a great bull against its supreme power(?)
4. a2 tur#?-[...] gu4# tur#? ga-ba-szi#-in-DU#
 en: I want to bring a small bull against its small power(?)
5. hub2# ga#-[...]-in#-sar#? x-x ga#?-mu-ni-ib2#-sar#
 en: I want to run there, I want to chase the skipping rope there
6. hur-sag-ga2 x [...]-x-DU-DU szen#?-szen#? ga-bi#!?-ib2-si-sa2#?
 en: In the mountain I want to continually go(?) to(?) battle, I want to have battle set in order(?)
7. ti mar-rux(TE)-ka#? si#? ga#?-bi2#-x-x-ab#?-si-sa2#?
 en: I shall set the arrow of my quiver straight(!?)
8. a2-sig3 ebih-gin7 ga#?-bi2#?-ib2#-sur#-sur#
 en: I want to have slingstones twisted (together) like a heavy rope
9. ga2!?-e bulug4?-gu10 ga-am3#-[...]
 en: I want to ... my chisel/boundary stake(?)
10. {gesz}illar {kusz}gur21 tukul-bi si ga#-bi2#-ib2-[...]
 en: I want to have the throwstick, shield and weapon(?) set in order
11. {gesz}tir us2-sa-bi-sze3 izi ga-x-x-[...]
 en: I want to strike (with) fire towards its adjoining forests
12. hul-du-bi-sze3 {uruda}ha-zi2-in ba-szi-du11
 en: I want to employ(?) the hazin axe against its evildoers
13. a2-nigin2-ba {d}gibil6 lu2# sikil#-la#-ke4#? kin2#? ga-x-an-du3-du3
 en: I want to station Gibil the purifier to work in its standing water
14. hur-sag aratta{ki} szu nu#-te-x-x ni2-bi ga-ba-su#!?
 en: I want to submerge/make distant(?) its aura among(?) the mountain range of Aratta, which no hand can approach
15. iri an-ne2 nam ba-ku5-gin7 ki-bi#-sze3# ki#?-bi-sze3 na-an-gi4-gi4#
 en: Like a city cursed by An, it shall not return it to its place, to its place!
16. {d}en-<lil2>-le sag-ki gid2-da-gin7# gu3#-bi# [...]-zi#-zi#
 en: Like one frowned at by Enlil, it shall not raise its neck there(?)
reverse
1. kur-re in-ti#-gu10 [...]-kur
 en: The mountain should wish for(?) my way
2. {d}ebih{ki} ka#-tar#-gu10# he2#-[...]-tesz2 hu-mu-i
 en: Ebih should praise me, Ebih should extol me
3. {d}inanna [...] x [...]-ke4
 en: Inanna, the child of Suen
4. {tug2}pala3-a ba-mur10# ul gu2#-[...]-e3
 en: She was dressed in the pala garment; she clad herself in pleasure/allure/stars/rosettes(?)
5. ni2 me-lam2 husz-a sag#-ki-na sze-<er>-ka-an# x-ni#?-in-du11#
 en: She adorned her forehead with a red/furious aura
6. za-pa-ag2 ku3!?-ga-na {na4}gug gi4-rin-na si# ba#-ni#-ib2#?-si!?-sa2#?
 en: She arranged the red carnelian (beads) on her pure throat(?)
7. udug2# sag imin zi#-da#-na nam-sul ba-ni-in#-ak#
 en: She acted youthfully with the seven-headed udug/šita weapon at her right
8. galam#? {na4#}za#-gin3-na# giri3-ni bi2-in-gub#
 en: She set her foot on the staircase(?) of lapis
9. {d}usanx(DUR)-an#-na#? nir mi-ni-ib2#-e3#
 en: In the evening ... brought out ...
10. ka2 u6 di#-e-de3 LA#?-ba mu-ni-in-gub
 en: She set the door that is to be marveled at (open) in its ...
11. an-ra ne-sag-ga2 mu-un-na-an-DU siskur mu-un-na-an-gub-be2
 en: She established(?) that of(?) the nesag offerings for An and was establishing the siskur rites/offerings for him
12. an {d}inanna-ra hul2-la-e#
 en: An was rejoicing for Inanna
13. mu-un-gid2 ki-na ba-e-[...]
 en: He accepted (the offerings)(?) and sat in his place
14. za3 gal an-na-ka ba-e-[...]
 en: He/she(?) filled the seat of honor of An/heaven
15. an a-a-gu10 di ma-ra-ab-be2 inim-gu10-sze3 gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)-[...]
 en: An, my father, I(!?) make a case to you, (put) your ear to my words
16. an-ne2 an-ba ni2#?-gu10#? mi-ni-[...]
 en: An imposed my aura/fear of me in the heavens

Consult previous versions and their differences
Consult sign list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
Consult word list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 1.03.02 Inanna and Ebih ('Decad no. 08') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0013

    [Gadd1963] Gadd, Cyril J., and Aaron Shaffer. 1963, 1966.

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:02:00 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2006-11-02 at 00:00:00 CDLI Artifact Foxvog, Daniel A.; Guerra, Dylan; Peterson, Jeremiah; Veldhuis, Niek; Wolfe, Jared N. CDLI approved View

This artifact is a witness to the following composite(s):

Composite Score
CDLI Literary 000339 (Inanna and Ebih) composite (P469521) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000339, Ex. 019 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346098.
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 019 artifact entry (No. P346098). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346098 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 019 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346098 (Accessed: July 19, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000339, ex. 019 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346098},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346098},
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