CDLI Literary 000733, ex. 002 (P346151)

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 4.16.01 Nisaba A ('Tetrad no. 4') (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
1. nin# mul#-an-gin7 gun3-a dub za-gin3 szu du7
 en: Lady who is sparkling like a heavenly star, perfecting/equipped with a lapis tablet
2. {d}nisaba immal2 gal {d}urasz tu-da#
 en: Nisaba, given birth to by the great wild cow Uraš
3. szeg9 naga ku3-ga ga zi gu7#?-[...]
 en: Fallow deer(?) purified by potash(?), suckling nourishing milk
4. gi-di imin-e ka ba-[...]
 en: "Opening the mouth” of the seven flutes/pipes
5. me gal ninnu-e szu du7-[...]
 en: Perfecting the fifty cosmic powers
6. nin#-gu10 a2-nun-gal2 e2-kur-ra
 en: My lady, the strong one of the Ekur temple
7. uszumgal ukken-e dalla e3
 en: ušumgal creature that is manifest in the assembly
8. da-ru12-ru12 kalam-ma im-ta inim du11-du11
 en: Aruru of the land, speaking words by means of clay(?)
9. ki ni2 si u4-da sza3 kusz2-u3
 en: Taking counsel in the place filled with awe(?), of/in the day
10. kur i3 he-nun-ta mi2 zi du11-ga
 en: Taken care of by(?) the mountain(?) by means of the oil of abundance(?)
11. gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)# gal-la kur-gal-e tu-da
 en: One (possessing) great wisdom, sired by the Great Mountain (Enlil)
12. [...] zi# dub-sar mah an-na sag-du5 {d}en-lil2-la2#
 en: True lady, the supreme scribe of An, the land recorder of Enlil
13. [...] gal2#? dingir-re-e-ne
 en: Wise and attentive one of the gods
14. [...] gu# mu2-mu2-de3
 en: In order to make barley and flax grow in the furrows
15. [... nam]-en#-na u6 di#-de3
 en: In order to admire/see the grain goddess Ezina of lordship (i.e., high quality)
16. [...] zi#? [...]
 en: In order to faithfully take care of(?) the seven great thrones/rulers
  rest broken
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...] munus#? [...]
 en: Nisaba, the true woman, the good woman, woman who was born in the mountain/netherworld
2'. [...] tur3#-ra i3 he2#-[me-en] amasz gara2 he-me-[en]
 en: Nisaba, in the cattlepen you shall be the oil, in the sheepfold, you shall be the cream
3'. e2#-nig2-gur11-ra kiszib3-la2 he2-me-en#
 en: In the treasury, you are the seal-bearer
4'. e2#-gal#-la agrig zi he2-me-en#
 en: In the palace, you are the true steward
5'. gur7 du6 gur7 masz-a gur7 gu2 gur#? <he2>-me-en
 en: You are the one who heaps up large and small grain piles
6'. nun#-e {d}nisaba-ra mi2 du11-ga
 en: The ruler who has taken care of Nisaba
7'. a-a {d}en-ki za3-mi2-zu du10-ga-am3#
 en: Father Enki, your praise is sweet
  double ruling
  blank space

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 4.16.01 Nisaba A ('Tetrad no. 4') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0066 + 0071 + 0582, 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 21:23:04 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 000733 (Nisaba A) composite (P478914) View the score

General Notes: -
CDLI Notes:

P346151 leadP346151 lead

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000733, Ex. 002 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346151.
CDLI Literary 000733, ex. 002 artifact entry (No. P346151). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346151 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000733, ex. 002 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346151 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
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	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346151},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346151},
}

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