CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 (P346154)

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 4.01.01 Asarluhi A (witness) Asarluhi Hymn)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...] x x x [...]
 en: ...
2'. inim mah [...]
 en: Supreme word ...
3'. i7-lu2-ru-gu2 a-ra2 mah-zu# nu#-[...]
 en: “River of the ordeal, no one ... your supreme flow”
4'. mu-sze3 mu-ri-in-sze21
 en: He named you
5'. lu2 zi ku3-sig17 mu-un-dadag-[ge-en]
 en: You purify the true man (like) gold
6'. lu2-erim2-e u4-za-ha-al-e ba-ab-szum2#-mu#-[un]
 en: You will furnish the evildoer with(?) disappearance
7'. umusz galga dim2-ma ga zi-de3-esz gu7#-a#?
 en: Faithfully consuming intellect, counsel, and intelligence (as if they were) milk(?)
8'. e-ne ad gal du11-du11
 en: How he is speaking with a great voice
9'. gal-zu mah dumu sag {d}en-ki-ke4
 en: Supremely intelligent one, eldest son of Enki
10'. [...] x x mah#? u3-tu kilib3-ba-bi szu2 mu-e-szum2#-mu#
 en: You gave ... that covers(?) everything that the supreme ... gave birth to(?)
11'. {d}asal-lu2-hi gesztu2 bad a-a-ni-gin7 gal-[...]
 en: Asalluhi, (possessor of) profound intelligence, like his father...
12'. igi-gal2-tuku nig2-nam bur3-bur3!-e e-ne-ra#? [...]
 en: Possessor of insight, penetrating everything, for him ...
13'. sanga2-mah an-ki-a me nig2-nam-ma igi zu-zu
 en: Supreme purification priest that surveys the cosmic power of everything in the universe
14'. dumu gesztu2 dagal szu du7 a-ra2 gesz gal gi hal-hal-la-ke4
 en: Son who exemplifies broad wisdom, (whose) way (is) a great tree(?) of the split reed(s) (i.e., among splitting reeds?)
15'. {d}asal-lu2-hi gud10 mah nam gal tar-re
 en: Asalluhi, supreme gu4(u) functionary, determining the great fate(s)
16'. szu bar a-ra2 nig2-nam nu-zu-zu
 en: Whose “release” (is a) way/decree of which nothing is known
17'. an gal an-ki-sze3 me ba-a
 en: When great An allocated the cosmic powers to the universe
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1. mu7-mu7 mu-e-szub-esz
 en: They (the members of the divine assembly?) cast (i.e., assigned?) incantations/murmuring (upon) you (as your lot)
2. dingir igi sa6 igi nigin nam-lu2-lu7
 en: God with a beautiful face, surveyor of humanity
3. |SIG7.ALAN|#? hi-li su3 tibir ra gal-an-zu kin2 gal-le ak
 en: (Possessing) features that exude allure, superior work of the skilled metalworker”
4. ad gal di-ku5 esz3 mah-a inim-ma nu-kam3-me
 en: Great voice/adviser(?), judge of the great shrine whose word will not be changed
5. a-ra2-ni mah szir3-ra-ni ga-am3-e11 mu-ni pa ga-am3-e3
 en: His way is supreme, I want to intone his song, I want to make his name manifest
6. sag gun3-gun3-nu abzux(DE2) sukkal mah eridu{ki}-ga
 en: One who is possessed of a variegated head(?) of the Abzu, supreme vizier of Eridu
7. {d}asal-lu2-hi nir-gal2
 en: Asalluhi, authoritative one
8. enkum# ninkum
 en: May the enkum and nenkum functionaries
9. abgal# abrig2# |MUNUS.LAGAR| BAD |MUNUS.LAGAR| ME en NIN#?-x
 en: The abgal, agrig, ..., ..., and the en(?) and ereš-digir(?) functionaries
10. ka ku3 ba-a-zu igi-bi hu-mu-un-szi#-[...]
 en: May they(?) look(?) towards the utterance of your holy mouth
11. u4-szu2-usz-e e3-bi za-ra hu-mu-ra-an-si-ge5#!?-[...]
 en: Daily may they prepare the exit for you
12. szu sikil giri3 sikil nig2-nam ku3-ku3-ug2 szu-luh dadag#-ga#
 en: (Possessor) of pure hands and feet, who purifies everything, who cleanses the šuluh ritual
13. nam-szita4 e2-abzu zu2! kesz2-bi za-e-me-en
 en: You are the one who organizes the namšita functionar(ies) of the Eabzu temple
14. kuara{ki} iri ki ag2 sza3-ge pa3-da-zu
 en: (In) Ku'ara, your beloved city that was chosen in the heart
15. hul2-la hu-mu!-u8-da-an-tusz
 en: May you dwell joyfully (there)
16. {d}asal-lu2-hi nun sza3 dagal mu-sze3 mu-ri#-[...]
 en: Asalluhi, the ruler with a broad mind (Enki?), ... named you(?) (there)
17. igi bar#!-bi-sze3 mi-ni-NE-x [...]
 en: Towards their/its sight ...
18. [...] x x AN nam-eresz-e [...]
 en: ... ladyship ...
19. [...] x [...] x [...]
 en: ...
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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 4.01.01 Asarluhi A (witness) Asarluhi Hymn)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0069

    [Gadd1963] Gadd, Cyril J., and Aaron Shaffer. 1963, 1966.

  • citation: StMes 3 (pp. 1-89), 075-076

    [Peterson2016StMes3] Peterson, Jeremiah. 2016. “The Literary Corpus of the Old Babylonian Larsa Dynasties.” Studia Mesopotamica 3: 1–89.

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  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 07758
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-06-17 at 15:09:07 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-06-17 at 15:06:59 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
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 16:07:55 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 000615 (Asarluhi A) composite (P478846) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000615, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 17, 2024. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346154.
CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346154). (2024, June 17). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346154 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346154 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	year = {2024},
	month = {jun 17},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346154},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346154},
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