CDLI Literary 000793, ex. 004 (P346129)

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 5.09.01 Home of Fish (witness) Home of the Fish)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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Witness

tablet
obverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...] x [...]
 en: ...
2'. [...] ma#-ra-an#?-[...] arah4# [...]
 en: ... built a house for you, ... built a storeroom for you
3'. e2 e2#-e diri-ga#? [...] amasz gid2-da ma-ra#-[...]
 en: ... built a house that is more than a house(!?), a long (sided?) sheepfold for you
4'. e2-e dug? mu-un-[...] kasz saga mu-un-de2#?
 en: In the house .... pot(s)? and poured(?) good quality beer (in them)
5'. {kasz}ASZ2-ASZ2-imgaga3 ku7-ku7-dam gi-gar-re-esz mu-un-gal2
 en: ... put sweet beer up to the fence
6'. zu-a-zu hu-mu-un-szi-du-un kal-la-zu hu-mu-un-du-un#
 en: So that your acquaintance(s) come towards you(!?), so that your friends come towards you(!?)
7'. dumu gu5-li-zu nam-mu-ni-ib-tak4-tak4-a
 en: Do not abandon the child of your friend
8'. ku4-ra-ma-ni-ib# dumu ki ag2-gu10
 en: Enter it for me, my beloved child
9'. ku4-ra-ma-ni-ib dumu sa6-ga-gu10
 en: Enter it for me, my beautiful child
10'. u4 nam-zal-e ge6 nam-sa2-e
 en: Don't spend the day (idle?), don't spend the night (idle?)
reverse
1. iti6# <e2>-ba nam-ba-ni-ib-ku4-ku4
 en: Do not bring moonlight into the house
2. u4 me-e-zal-la-gin7 ge6 me-e-sa2-a-gin7
 en: As I have spent the day(?), as I have spent the night(?)
3. ku4-ra ba-ni-hun-ge26 ki gar ma-ra-ab-du7
 en: The one who enters is pacified there, the area(?) has been made appropriate for you
4. sza3-ba dur2!? gar-ke4 si ma-ra-ab-sa2-e
 en: Sitting down in its midst(?) is set in order for you
5. ku6-gu10 lu2 nu2-a-gu10 ba-ra-<<ra>>-zi-zi
 en: My fish, so that my one(s) who sleep (there) do not wake up
6. lu2 tusz-a-gu10 du17 ba-ra-mu2-mu2
 en: So that my one(s) who dwell (there) do not quarrel
7. ku4!-ra-ma-ni-ib dumu ki ag2#-gu10
 en: Enter it for me, my beloved child
8. ku4-ra-ma-ni-ib dumu sa6-ga-gu10#
 en: Enter for me, my beautiful child
9. i7 mun3-na-gin7 na-ba-al [...]
 en: Do not dig (in it?) like a brackish waterway ...
10. sahar-gar i7-gin7 zi-zi [...]
 en: Like river silt, do not learn how to rise (i.e., be excavated(?))
  blank space
  rest broken

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 5.09.01 Home of Fish (witness) Home of the Fish)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0044

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

  • history: Civil Iraq 23, 154

    [sec87629] N.d.

  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16879K
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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
2019-06-12 at 10:01:00 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 000793 (Home of Fish) composite (P478976) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000793, Ex. 004 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346129.
CDLI Literary 000793, ex. 004 artifact entry (No. P346129). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346129 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000793, ex. 004 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346129 (Accessed: June 15, 2024).
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	month = {jun 15},
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	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346129},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346129},
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