CDLI Literary 000641, ex. 001 (P346107)

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

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BM —


Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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Literary (ETCSL 4.08.10 Inanna and Dumuzi J (witness) Inanna and Dumuzi Song)






1. [...] x nin9 ki ag2 {d}dumu-zi-de3
 en: ... beloved sister of Dumuzi
2. [...] x gur3-ru ki ag2 {d}dur7-dur7-e
 en: Exuding/bearing ..., beloved of Durtur
3. a#? x x zi-de3 sza3-ga ri-a
 en: (Whose) seed was planted in the womb by the true ...
4. nin9#-gu10 nam-nin-e tu-da
 en: My sister, born into ladyship
5. e2-turx(SZILAM)-e i3 gara2#? x mu-un-da-ab-si
 en: She is able to ... fill the cattle pen with butter and cream
6. amasz-e i3# [... mu]-un-da-an-BU-x
 en: In the sheepfold she is able to ...
7. an-edin-ne2#? x [...] x-a-gu10 {d}gesztin-an-na-me-en
 en: In the plain ... you are my ..., {geš}tinanna
8. a ki-sikil x [... na]-nam
 en: Oh, the young woman is indeed ...
9. TUR-TUR-zu [...] na#-nam#
 en: Your little ones/children ... are indeed ...
10. unu{ki}-ga [...]-bi na-nam#
 en: She is indeed the ... of Unug
11. kul-aba4{ki} x x-bi na-nam#
 en: She is indeed the ... of Kulaba
12. mu-ut-tin#-na-me-en ru-ru-a na-nam#!
 en: You are ..., indeed she is ...
13. ki-sikil-e#? x szesz-a-na-[...]
 en: The young lady ... for her brother
14. igi mu#-un#-na-hur giri17 mu-un-na#-[hur]
 en: Scratched her face, scratched(?) her nose
15. ki lu2-da nu-u6!-di hasz2 gal mu-na#-[...]
 en: Scratched her upper thighs, the place not seen (when) with a man,
16. e2-esz2-dam e2-gal-la si ba-ni-in-sa2#
 en: She made straight away to the tavern of(?) the palace
17. sukkal lu2 e2-gal-la-ta e3-a ki-sikil-e en3#{en!?} mu-un-tar-re-en
 en: The young woman, she(!) was inquiring of the minister who was leaving the palace
18. sukkal lu2 e2-gal-la#-ta# e3-a ki-sikil-ra#? mu-un-na-ni#?-ib#?-gi4-gi4
 en: The minister who was leaving the palace was answering the young woman
19. szesz-zu nam-en#-sze3 szu mu-un-ga2-ga2-a
 en: Your brother is setting his hands upon(?) the en-ship
20. nam#-en unu#{ki}-ga# NIG2? U x x x-e
 en: The en-ship of Unug ...
1. me hal-hal-ne u iszib-ne
 en: The ones dividing up the me, ten išib priests
2. ki za-za-a-ne a-tu5-a-tu5-a-ne susbu2{+be2}-e-ne
 en: The ones bowing down, the lustration priests, the susbu priests
3. iti-da esz3 gal-e ex (|ITI.DU|)-ne musz3 nu-tum2-mu-ne szesz-zu nam-en-sze3 szu mu-un-ga2-ga2-a
 en: The ones that leave(?) the great shrine monthly/in the moonlight(?), the unceasing ones, (in their presence?) your brother is setting his hands upon(?) the en-ship
4. u4-bi-a imin he2-en-na-me-esz imin he2-en-na-me-esz
 en: At that time there should be seven for him, there should be seven for him
5. szir3 du11-du11 unu{ki}-ga imin-me-esz
 en: The song performers of Unug are seven
6. zabala{ki} ad sza4-sza4 ninnu-me-esz
 en: In Zabalam there were fifty lamenters
7. e-ne-ne an-na mul zu-me-esz ki har-ra-an zu-me-esz
 en: They know the stars in heaven, they know the roads (on) earth
8. an-na mul zu murub4 il2-la-me-esz
 en: The ones that know the stars in heaven are “carrying/raising the middle"(?)
9. e-ne-ne szir3 im-zi-zi-ne szir3 im-ga2-ga2-ne
 en: They were “raising” the song and “putting down” the song
10. szir3-e sag-bi nu-mu-un-ne-pa3-ne
 en: In (performing) the song they(?) could not find “its head” (beginning, soloist, director or (proper) tuning?) for themselves(?)
11. ad-da ki-gub-ba nu-mu-un-ga2-ga2-me-esz
 en: It was them who were not “putting” (the song?) into the (proper) voice and “station"(?)
12. nin9 banda3{+da} murub4-bi-a ti-la gu3 mu-un-na-de2-e
 en: The little sister dwelling in the midst was speaking/singing?
13. gaba ba-da-ab-gu-la gaba ba-da-ab#-[...] gu3 mu-un#-[...]
 en: She was making (her) chest great (i.e., inhaling, or a technical musical term?), she was ... her chest, she was speaking/singing
14. me-e-de3 szir3 im#-zi#-zi#-ne e#?-ne#?-ne#? [...]-ga2#-ga2#-ze2-en
 en: We will “raise” the song, and you(!) will “put down” the song
15. [...]-bi#?-a nu-mu-un-ti
 en: ... did not live in ...
16. [...] x-ma-ka mu-un-ti
 en: ... lived in the ... of(?) ...
17. [...] x-ma kur ku3 za-gin3-a-ka KA dim-ma?-ba? mu-un-ti
 en: She lived in the ..., the mountain of silver and lapis lazuli, in its ...
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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 4.08.10 Inanna and Dumuzi J (witness) Inanna and Dumuzi Song)
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: UET 6, 0022

    [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 16896
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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
2019-06-11 at 16:32:16 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
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 000641 (Inanna and Dumuzi J) composite (P478870) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000641, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023.
CDLI Literary 000641, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346107). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000641, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
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DA  - 2023/6/28/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346107
LB  - CDLI:P346107
M1  - 2024/6/18/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000641, ex. 001 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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