CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 (P346150)

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 4.05.01 Enlil A ('Decad no. 05') (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

-

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tablet
obverse
1. [...]-bi# sipa# zi# kalam#-ma#
 en: Its supreme farmer, the true shepherd of the land
2. [...]-ga# zi-de3-esz tu-da#
 en: Born faithfully on a good day
3. engar# GAN2 dagal-la he2-du7-am3
 en: The farmer is the ornament in the vast field
4. szi#-im-da-DU nindaba gal-gal-da
 en: And therefore he comes(?) with many nindaba offerings
5. gesz-la2-bi nu-mu-un-DU e2-kur za-gin3-sze3
 en: (And therefore?) silence has not set into the sparkling Ekur
6. {d}en-lil2 a2-dam ku3 ki-a hur-ra-za
 en: Enlil, when you designed the pure settlement in the ground
7. nibru{ki} iri x ni2-za szi-im-mi-du3-du3-a
 en: And therefore had Nibru ..., built in(?) your own city
8. ki-ur3 kur ki sikil su-a bi-du10-ga
 en: (And) sweetened the flesh (of) the Ki'ur complex, the mountain, the pure place
9. ub-da 4(asz)-ba murub4-ba dur-an-ki ki ba-e-ni-tag#-ga#
 en: (And) planted Duranki in the midst (of?) the 4 corners
10. 1(u) sahar-bi zi kalam-ma zi# kur#-kur-ra-[...]
 en: Its soil(?), the life of the land and the life of the (other) lands
  with 10 line tag
11. [...]-bi# ku3# husz#-a# usz8# [...]-gin3#-[...]
 en: Its brickwork (consisting) of reddish gold(?) on(?) a foundation of lapis lazuli
  rest broken
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. szita ku3# me# [...]
 en: Prayed to him (with?) the holy šita prayer/ritual arrangement and the holy me
2'. 1(u) kur-gal {d}en#-[...]
 en: (10) Great Mountain Enlil, without you
  with 10 line tag
3'. iri{ki} nu-du3# [...]
 en: Cities would not be built, settlements would not be founded
4'. tur3 nu-du3# amasz#-[...]
 en: The cattlepen would not be built, its sheepfold would not be accumulated(?)
5'. lugal nu-il2#-e# en nu#-u3#-tu#
 en: The king would not be exalted, the lord/en priest(ess) would not be born
6'. lu2-mah eresz-dingir masz2-a nu-mu-un-dab5#-be2#
 en: The lumah priest and erešdigir priestess would not be chosen by extispicy
7'. erin2-e szagina ugula nu-tuku-tuku
 en: Among the troops neither general nor sargeant would possess (command over them)
8'. i7-de3 a-esztub{ku6} u5-bi nu-du-un-du-un
 en: In the river/canal, the carp flood would not excavate the higher land
9'. egir-bi ab su3-a si# li-bi2-ib-sa2 kun# nu-mu-x-x
 en: Its end would not function properly in the deep(?) sea, (its) “tail would not undulate” (i.e., leave a wake)
10'. ab#-e# erim3 dugud ni2-ba nu-mu-un-u3-tu
 en: The sea would not have given birth to heavy (laden) treasure houses(?) by itself
11'. [...] engur#-ra-ke4 gesz-gi-a nunuz nu-mu-ni-ib2-nu2-nu2
 en: The fish of the deep water would not have laid eggs in the reedbed
12'. [1(u) ... an]-na#-ke4 ki dagal-la gud3 la-ba-ni-ib2-us2-e#?
 en: The bird of heaven would not found a nest in the broad earth
  with 10 line tag

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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  • This artifact is composed of fragments.
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 4.05.01 Enlil A ('Decad no. 05') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0065 + 0565, 1963, 2006

    [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
2019-06-11 at 16:10:37 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 16:09:10 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:02:01 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 000619 (Enlil A) composite (P478849) View the score

General Notes: -
CDLI Notes:

P346150 lead; Shaffer (UET 6/3, p. 17) states that UET 6/3, 566 is probably part of this tabletP346150 lead; Shaffer (UET 6/3, p. 17) states that UET 6/3, 566 is probably part of this tablet

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000619, Ex. 020 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346150.
CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry (No. P346150). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346150 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346150 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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