CDLI Literary 000365, ex. 022 (P346134)

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 1.08.01.05 Gilgamesh and Huwawa A ('Decad no. 10') (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
1. en-e kur lu2# ti-la-sze3# gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)#-[...] na-an-[...]
 en: The lord paid attention to the mountain that sustains man
2. en {d}gilgames3#-e kur# [lu2] ti#-[la-sze3] gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)-ga#-a#-ni [...]-gub#
 en: Lord Gilgamesh paid attention to the mountain that sustains man
3. ARAD-da-a-ni# en#-ki#-du10#-[...] mu#-na#-[...]
 en: He was speaking to his servant Enkidu
4. en-ki-du10 murgu gurusz#? ti-la# la#?-[...]-ra#-an-e3#-[...]
 en: Enkidu, the shoulder of(?) a young man has not brought out the limits/secrets(?) of living
5. kur#-ra# ga#-x#-[...] mu-gu10# ga#-[...]
 en: I want to enter into the mountain, I want to establish my name
6. [...] ga-bi#-ib2#-gub
 en: Where a name (can) stand (be inscribed), I want to establish my name
7. [...]-gub#-bu#-ba mu# dingir-re-e-ne ga-bi-ib2-gub
 en: Where a name (cannot) stand (be inscribed), I want to establish the name of the gods
8. [ARAD]-da#-a#-ni# en#-[ki]-du10-e#!? inim# mu-ni-ib2-gi4#-gi4#
 en: His servant Enkidu was replying
9. lugal-gu10 tukum-bi# kur-ra i-ni-in-ku4-ku4-de3 {d}utu he2#-me#-e-da-zu
 en: My king, if you are to enter the mountain, Utu should know of it along with us
10. {d!?}utu# szul# {d#}utu he2#-me-e-da-zu
 en: Utu, the youth Utu, should know of it along with us
11. kur {gesz}erin# ku5# dim2#-ma#-[...] sul {d}utu-kam#
 en: The decision of the mountain of cut juniper belongs to the youth Utu, (Utu should know of it along with us)
12. {d!}gilgames3# masz2 babbar-ra [...]-ni im-mi-in-ti#
 en: Gilgamesh took a white goat kid
reverse
1. masz2 su4 masz2-da#?-ri#!?-[...]
 en: He clasped a brown goat kid of the mašdaria delivery to his chest
2. szu-ni {gesz}gidri# ku3#? x# [...]-da#?-gal2
 en: His hand held the pure scepter at his nose
3. {d}utu an-na#-ra#? gu3! mu-na-de2#-[...]
 en: He was calling out to Utu of heaven
4. {d}utu kur-sze3 in#-ku4-ku4-de3 a2-tah-gu10 he2-me-en
 en: Utu, if (I) am to enter into the mountain, will you be my helper?
5. kur {gesz}erin ku5-sze3 in-ku4-ku4-de3# a2-tah-gu10 he2-me-en
 en: If (I) am to enter into the mountain of cut juniper, will you be my helper?
6. {d#}utu# an#-na#-ta inim mu-ni-ib-gi4-gi4
 en: Utu from heaven was replying to him
7. [...] ni2#-za he2-me-en kur-ra a-na-bi me-en
 en: You are of yourself a young man, a native son, what are you to the mountain?
8. [...] ga#-ra-ab-du11 inim-gu10-usz gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)-zu#
 en: Utu, I want to speak to you, (may) your ear be oriented towards my words
9. [...]-ab#-du11 gizzal! he2-em-szi-ak
 en: I shall greet you, may (my words) be listened to
10. [...] lu2 ba-usz2 sza3 ba-sag3
 en: In my city, a man dies, and (I) am distressed
11. [...] u2#-gu# ba#-an-de2 sza3# ba-an-gig
 en: One has forgotten a man, and (my) heart is pained
12. bad3#-da gu2#-ga2#? [...] im#-ma#-an-la2
 en: On the city wall, I stretched out my neck(?)
13. adda i7 ib2-SI#?-x# [...] igi#? im-ma#-x-x-[...]
 en: (I) saw a corpse floated by the river(?) <in the water>
14. u3 ga2-e ur5-gin7 na-ab-ba-ak#-[...] ur5-sze3 me-en#?
 en: But I should not be done thusly! Thus I must be?
15. lu2 sukudx(UZU)-da an-sze3 nu-mu-un#-[...]
 en: A tall man has never stretched to heaven
16. lu2 dagal-la kur-ra# la-ba#-[...]
 en: A broad man has never engulfed the land
17. kur-ra ga-am3-ku4 mu-gu10# [...]
 en: I want to enter into the mountain, I want to establish my name

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 1.08.01.05 Gilgamesh and Huwawa A ('Decad no. 10') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0049

    [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 16891
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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
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-10-07 at 08:45:05 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 000365 (Gilgamesh and Huwawa A) composite (P480190) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000365, Ex. 022 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346134.
CDLI Literary 000365, ex. 022 artifact entry (No. P346134). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346134 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000365, ex. 022 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346134 (Accessed: July 19, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000365, ex. 022 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346134},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346134},
}

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