CDLI Literary 000675, ex. 002 (P346153)

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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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 4.13.06 Nanna F (witness) The Herds of Nanna)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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obverse
1. en-e an-na-ka mu-ni-in-su-ub
 en: The lord rubbed/polished that of(?) heaven
2. ge6-u3-na szu tag mu-ni-in-du11
 en: He adorned the night
3. {d}nanna-a an-na-ka mu-ni-in-su-ub
 en: Nanna rubbed/polished that of(?) heaven
4. ge6-u3-na szu tag mu-ni-in-du11
 en: He adorned the night
5. kur suh3-sah4-ha-ta e3-a-ni
 en: When he came out from the confused (i.e., complicated)/thudding(?) mountains/netherworld
6. an-bar7-ra {d}utu bi2-in-gub
 en: (It was as if!?) Utu stationed him at noon(?)
7. {d}dil-im2-babbar kur suh3-sah4-ha-ta e3-a-ni
 en: When he came out from the confused (i.e., complicated)/thudding(?) mountains/netherworld
8. an-bar7-ra {d}utu bi2-in-gub
 en: (It was as if!?) Utu stationed him at noon(?)
9. a-a-ni inim#-ma-ni zi-da#
 en: His father, whose word is true
10. u4-de3 ge6-a [inim] mu-un-di-ni-ib2-be2
 en: Speaks with him there day and night
11. {d}en-lil2-le inim#-[ma-ni] zi#-da
 en: His father, whose word is true
12. u4-de3 ge6-a inim# mu-un#-[di-ni]-ib2#-DU?
 en: Speaks with him there day and night
13. esz#-bar-ra nam# mu-un-di-ib2-tar-re
 en: He decrees fate (via?) decisions
14. ge6-par4 mah#-a-ni 4(disz) na-nam
 en: His supreme gipar residences are indeed 4
15. {du#!?}du8# 4(disz) mu-un-na-gar-ra
 en: 4 platform/ruin mounds(?) are established for him
16. ga2-tur3 gal-a-ni 1(esze3) GAN2 4(disz)-am3
 en: His great cattle pens, one eše in area, are four in number
17. {gesz}al-gar-sur9-ra mu#-na#-tag-tag-ge
 en: The algarsura instrument is played for him
18. ab2-bi# gu2#? mu-un-na#-di-ni-x-re
 en: The cows are gathered for him there
19. ab2 hi-a-ni 1(szar'u) 1(szar2)-am3
 en: His various cows are 39,600
20. ab2 pesz13 amar-a-ni 3(szar'u)-am3
 en: His cows pregnant with a calf are 108,000
21. gu4-ab2-ka-ni 3(szar'u) 5(szar2)-am3
 en: His breed bulls are 126,000
22. ab2 igi gun3-bi 1(szar'u) 4(szar2)-am3
 en: The cows with speckled faces are 50,400
23. ab2 babbar2-bi 2(szar'u) 5(szar2)-am3
 en: The white cows are 90,000
reverse
1. ab2 dara4#!?-bi 5(disz)-ta a-ra2 5(disz)-am3#
 en: Its brown(?) cows are 5 apiece(?) times four
2. ab2 hi-a a-a {d}nanna-ke4
 en: The various cows of father Nanna
3. {ab2}szilam-a-ni 5(szar'u) na-nam
 en: His šilam cows are indeed 180,000
4. ab2-za3-e3!-za3-esz5-bi 4(disz)-me-esz
 en: Its zagešzageš cows are 4
5. masz2#-PIRIG#-masz2#-PIRIG-bi 7(disz)-me-esz
 en: The (herds of) domestic animals(?) are seven
6. unu3# SUR2 du3-bi 7(disz)-me-esz
 en: All of(?) the ... cowherds are seven
7. ab2-ba ti-la-ba 4(disz)-me-esz
 en: The ones who dwell with the cows are 4
8. en-ra mu-un-tur-tur mu-un-bulug3-e-ne
 en: For the lord they diminish and make (the herd?) grow
9. ge6-par4-ra mu-ni-ib-su3-su3-u3-ne
 en: They fill(!?) the cloister
10. umbisag gal-bi {d}nisaba-ke4
 en: Its chief scribe, Nisaba
11. {d}nisaba-ke4 szid-bi mu-un-dab5 im-ma bi2-ib-gub-bu-en
 en: Nisaba has captured their number and you(!?) will enter it on the tablet
12. ab2 ku3 {d}nanna-ke4 mi2 du11-ga sul {d}suen za3-mi2
 en: The pure cow(s) of Nanna, having been taken care of, youth Suen, praise
13. i3 nam-he2 gara2!? tur3 gi4#!?-gi4#?-a-ke4 szu mu-un-da-mu2-mu2
 en: The butter of abundance, the cream? (re)turned(i.e. restored!?) by(!?) the cattle pen, are increased
14. kurun2 gal hur-sag# lal3 kurun2!-bi-da
 en: Great liquor of the mountain range(?) with its alcoholic syrup(?)
15. lugal-ra du8 mah sikil-la-na mu-na-da-ab-szar2-re
 en: Is mixed for the king at the supreme and pure platform/ruin mound(?)
16. kal-ga geszkim-ti {d}en-lil2-la2 sul dingir zi-gal2-la
 en: The mighty one, the trust of Enlil, youth, god of the people(?)
17. mas-su kalam-ma {d}nin-gal eresz ge6-par4-ra
 en: Leader of the land, (for whom?) Ningal is queen of the cloister
18. a-a {d}nanna za3-mi2
 en: Father Nanna, praise!
  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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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 4.13.06 Nanna F (witness) The Herds of Nanna)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0068

    [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 16880
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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
2019-06-11 at 16:43:00 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-01 at 14:34:09 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah 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 000675 (Nanna F) composite (P478895) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000675, Ex. 002 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346153.
CDLI Literary 000675, ex. 002 artifact entry (No. P346153). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346153 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000675, ex. 002 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346153 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
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	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346153},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346153},
}

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