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 —


Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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Genre / Subgenre(s)

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





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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
  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.
CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry (No. P346150). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
	note = {[Online; accessed 2024-06-18]},
	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry},
	url = {},
	howpublished = {},

DA  - 2023/6/15/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346150
LB  - CDLI:P346150
M1  - 2024/6/18/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000619, ex. 020 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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