CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 021 (P346100)

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

Measurements

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Witness

tablet
obverse
1. a2 mah#-bi#-sze3 gu4 mah ga-ba-szi-in-DU
 en: I want to bring a great bull against its supreme power(?)
2. a2 tur-bi-sze3 gu4# tur# ga-ba-szi-in-DU
 en: I want to bring a small bull against its small power(?)
3. hub2 ga-mu-un-szub e#-[...]-x ku3-ga ga-mu-ni-in-sar
 en: I want to run(?) there, I want to chase the holy skipping rope there
4. hur#-sag#-ga2 me3 ga-ba#-DU#-DU szen-szen ga-ba-ab-sar#-sar
 en: In the mountain I want to continually go(?) to(?) battle, I want to chase the battle(?)
5. ti mar-rux(TE)-am3 si# ga-bi2-ib2#-sa2#
 en: I shall set the arrow that is (in) my quiver(?) straight
6. a2-sig3 ebih2-bi ga-ba-ab-sur-sur
 en: I want to twist slingstones (together) like a heavy rope
7. {gesz}gid2-da nig2 su-ub ga-ba-ab#-ak
 en: I want to polish the spear
8. {gesz}illar gesz {kusz}gurx(ZI)ur3-ra si#! bi2-ib2#-[...]-sa2#?
 en: I(!?) want to have the throwstick and shield(!?) set in order
9. tir us2!-sa-bi izi ga-x-[...]
 en: I want to strike its adjoining forests with fire
10. hul-du-bi-sze3 {uruda}ha-zi#-in# ga#-x-x-ti#?
 en: I want to ... the hazin axe against its evildoers
11. a2-nigin2-bi {d}gibil6 lu2 sikil#?-la#?-[...] ga#-ba-an-du12-du12
 en: I want to station Gibil the purifier to work in its standing water
12. hur-sag# lam#-[...] szu# nu#-te#?-ga2# [...] ga#-ba#-ni-ib2-su
 en: I want to submerge/make distant(?) its aura among(?) the mountain range of Aratta, which no hand can approach
13. iri an-ne2 nam ba-ku5-da-gin7 [...]-an#-gi4-gi4
 en: Like a city cursed by An, it shall not return it to its place, to its place!
reverse
1. {d}en-lil2-le sag-ki gid2-da-gin7 gu2# [...]-zi-zi
 en: Like one frowned at by Enlil, it shall not raise its neck there(?)
2. kur-re in-ti-gu10 he2#-ku-kur
 en: The mountain should wish for/observe(?) my way
3. {d}ebih{ki} ka-tar-ra-gu10 he2#-si#-il#-le# me#-tesz2 hu-mu-i-i
 en: Ebih should praise me, Ebih should extol me
4. an lugal dingir-re-e-ne-ke4 mu#-x-ni-x-gi4-gi4
 en: An, the king of the gods, was replying
5. lu2#?-tur-gu10! kur al bi2-in-du11 sza3#-[...] a#-na ab#-be2
 en: My child, you(?) have desired the mountain, (but) what will its midst accomplish(?)
6. in!-nin-me-en kur al bi2-in-du11# [... a]-na# ab-be2
 en: You are the lady, the one who has desired the mountain, (but) what will (its) midst accomplish(?)
7. {d#}inanna-me-en kur al bi2#-in#-du11# [... a]-na# ab-be2
 en: You are Inanna, the one who has desired the mountain, (but) what will (its) midst accomplish(?)
8. hur-sag# {d#}ebih#{ki#?}-[...] sza3#? a#!?-na ab-be2
 en: (You are the one) who has desired the mountain range of Ebih, (but) what will (its) midst accomplish(?)
9. ki#-[...] im#-da#?-ri
 en: The abode/station of the gods is imposed with a furious aura
10. ki#!?-tusz# [...] {d}a-nun#-na#-[...]-zi#? he2-em-duh-duh
 en: And thus(?) a radiance is released upon the holy dwelling of the Anuna
11. hur-sag-ga2! me!-lam2-bi husz-a kur#-kur#-[...]-ri
 en: The red/furious aura of the mountain range is imposed upon the lands
12. sukud#-da-bi#? an#?-na# si?-bi x x x [...]-e3#?-a#?
 en: Its height is “of heaven"(?), its horn(?) brought out(?) ...

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, 0015

    [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 —
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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. 021 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346100.
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 021 artifact entry (No. P346100). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346100 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000339, ex. 021 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346100 (Accessed: July 19, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000339, ex. 021 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346100},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346100},
}

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