CDLI Literary 000760, ex. 009 (P346127)

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 5.03.01 Debate between Hoe and Plough (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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Witness

tablet
obverse
column 1
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1'. hur#?-[...]
 en: The mounds of mine spread out in the plain are a verdant mountain range, bearing an aura
2'. guru7 du6#? [...]
 en: (I) pile up large and small grain heaps for Enlil
3'. gib ziz2 gu2#?-[...]
 en: (I) heap up wheat, emmer, and gunida for him
4'. arah4# [...]
 en: In the storehouse of humanity, I fill up (with) a mountain
5'. nu-siki nu-mu-un-kusz# [...] szu# [...]
 en: The orphan, widow, and the destitute have taken gigur baskets for dragging(?)
6'. an pad-pad-ra2-gu10 im#-[...]
 en: They gather the remnants of my ears
7'. in-nu a-sza3-ga [...]
 en: (With) my chaff, piled up in the field
8'. nam-lu2-lu7 im#-[...]
 en: I tow along(?) (all) humanity(?)
9'. gu4 udu {d}szakkan#-na# [...]
 en: (I) am able to rear the teeming(?) livestock of Sumuqan
10'. {gesz}al hul#?-bi# bur3-[...]
 en: Hoe, one who malevolently burrowed, (whose) blade malevolently tore out(!?)
11'. {gesz}al im-ma [...]
 en: Hoe, one bound to work in clay
12'. {gesz#}al# a-sza3-ga sag#-[...]
 en: Hoe, the one whose head is lodged in the field
13'. [{gesz}]al# u3-szub-ba im-[...]
 en: Hoe, one who has spent the day in the mold, in clay, (with) no one to clean it
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column 1'
1. e2 du3-a a ix(|A.SUG|)-de3 szu#? [...]
 en: After the water of the river “bound” the build houses
2. {d}en-lil2-le ma#-da sag#?-[...]
 en: After Enlil frowned at the land
3. szibir2 {d}en-lil2-la2 mu-un-zu#?-[...]
 en: After it came to know(?) the staff(?) of Enlil
4. mah {d}en-lil2-la2 mu-a-ak#-[...]
 en: After it was acted upon by the supremacy(?) of Enlil
5. {d}en-lil2-le szu nu-me-en-[...]
 en: Enlil did not abandon(?) (the land?)
6. {gesz}al zu2 dili bar-rimx(DU)-sze3 [...]
 en: He gave the single-bladed hoe to the arid land
7. me-en-de3 en-te-en gurx(URU)?-gin7 [...]
 en: You(?) bind us(?) (in) the winter just as the harvest (season)(!?)
8. ki e2-mex(LA2)-esz en-te-na-gin7 x [...]
 en: We flee from(?) the place (of?) summer just like that of(?) winter
9. {gesz}al a2 la2-e garadinx(KINDA)? mu-un#?-[...]
 en: The one that “binds the arm” of the hoe(?) has tied up(?) the sheaves(!?)
10. {gesz}har-muszen-na a2 la2-e {gi#}[...]
 en: The one the “binds the arm” of the bird snare(?) has tied up(?) the dragged gigur basket
11. gurusz sag-dili {lu2}ki-gul-la#? [...]
 en: It has reared the solitary young man and the destitute person
12. an pad-pad-ra2-gu10 im#?-[...]
 en: They gather the remnants of my(!) ears
13. {na4}kin2 ma-nu2# [...]
 en: The millstone laid down for me, the mortar thrashed for me
14. gesz#-gan-na-ta [...]
 en: It is being smitten by the pestle
15. [{gesz}]sza3-an-zar? ma#?-[...]
 en: The šašur and mansim sieves compete (to see who works the hardest)
16. [...] sur2#?-ra#?-[...]
 en: Why does the man act angrily/What are (these acts) that a man does angrily?
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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 5.03.01 Debate between Hoe and Plough (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0042

    [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
2019-11-29 at 10:36:53 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 21:41:08 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. 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 000760 (Debate between Hoe and Plough ) composite (P473753) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000760, Ex. 009 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346127.
CDLI Literary 000760, ex. 009 artifact entry (No. P346127). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346127 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000760, ex. 009 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346127 (Accessed: June 15, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000760, ex. 009 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346127},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346127},
}

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