CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 020 (P346099)

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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Museum Collection(s)

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

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
1. kur#-re in-ti-gu10 x-[...]
 en: The mountain should wish for(?) my way
2. ebih-a ka-tar-gu10 he2-si-il-x me-tesz2 he2-i-i#
 en: In(?) Ebih (the mountain) should praise me, (the mountain) should extol me
3. {d}inanna dumu {d}suen-na-ke4
 en: Inanna, the child of Suen
4. {tug2}pala3 ba-an-mur10 ul gu2-a ba-an-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# ba#?-ni-du11
 en: She adorned her forehead with a red/furious aura
6. zi-pa-ag2 ku3-ga-na {na4}gug gi#-rin# si ba-ni-in-sa2
 en: She arranged the red carnelian (beads) on her pure throat(?)
7. udug2 sag imin-e zi-da-na nam-sul ba-ni-ak
 en: She acted youthfully with the seven-headed udug/šita weapon at her right
8. galam za-gin3-na giri3-ni bi2-in-gub
 en: She set her foot on the staircase(?) of lapis
9. u2-sa11-an-na nir mi-ni-ib2-e3
 en: In the evening ... brought out ...
10. ka2 u6 di sila-ba bi2-in-gub
 en: She set the door that is to be marveled at (open) in its path
11. an-ra ne-sag mu-na-DU siskur2 mu-na#-gub
 en: She established the nesag offerings for An and established the siskur rites/offerings for him
12. an {d}inanna-da hul2-la-am3
 en: An was one who rejoiced with Inanna
13. mu-un-gid2 ki-na ba-e-tusz
 en: He accepted (the offerings)(?) and sat in his place
14. za3 gal an-na-ka ba-e-si
 en: He/she(?) filled the seat of honor of An/heaven
15. an a-a-gu10 di! ma-ra!-ab-be2-en inim-gu10-usz gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)-zu
 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-in-ri
 en: An imposed my aura/fear of me in the heavens
17. za-e-me-en inim-gu10 an-ki-a gaba ri# la-ba-e-ni-tuku
 en: It is you who has made my word have no rival in the universe
18. an-bar-ra {gesz}silig-ga
 en: In the outskirts of heaven(?) there is a silig axe
19. an#-ti#-bala# ma-an-si-um
 en: (There is?) a sign and a mansium royal symbol
reverse
1. [...] {gesz#?}gu#?-za# suhusz# gin6-na
 en: To flatten(?) the platform, to make firm the throne('s) foundation
2. [...] nam#-szita4-ke4 szu ga2-ga2 mu-bu-um-gin7 gurum-e
 en: To set in place(?) the arm of weaponry(?), to bend ... like a mubum tree(?)
3. 6(disz) la2-e ki ha-ha-ze2
 en: To yoke (a team of) six and hold the position
4. 4(disz) la2-e zib2 gid2-gid2-i
 en: To yoke (a team of) four and “extend” the reins
5. kaskal gaz#-e# har-ra-an-na za3-sze3 du
 en: To smite a caravan, to go to the border in an expedition
6. lugal#-bi#-[...] sahar# du8 an-na-ka iti6-gin7 e3-a
 en: To appear for the king in the “heaped earth/sand"(?) of heaven like moonlight
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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, 0014

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

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  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16830
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-28 at 23:15:35 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Hafford, William B.; Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-06-09 at 20:47:29 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:02:00 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2015-07-24 at 08:22:57 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2015-02-26 at 09:00:10 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2012-11-08 at 03:27:51 Wagensonner, Klaus Atf Wagensonner, Klaus 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. 020 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346099.
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 020 artifact entry (No. P346099). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346099 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 020 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346099 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	month = {jun 28},
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	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346099},
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