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

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BM —


Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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Genre / Subgenre(s)

Literary (ETCSL 4.01.01 Asarluhi A (witness) Asarluhi Hymn)






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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
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.
CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346154). (2024, June 17). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	year = {2024},
	month = {jun 17},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry},
	url = {},
	howpublished = {},

DA  - 2024/6/17/
PY  - 2024
ID  - P346154
LB  - CDLI:P346154
M1  - 2024/7/14/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000615, ex. 001 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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