CDLI Literary 000700, ex. 001 (P346155)

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 4.19.02 Ningeshzida B (witness) Balbale-Song of Ningizzida)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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1. en me-te# ku3#-ga ni2 husz gal gur3-ru
 en: Lord, holy ornament, bearing a furious and great aura
2. lugal-gu10 en {d}nin-gesz-zi-da ni2 husz gal gur3-ru
 en: My king, lord Ningešzida, bearing a furious and great aura
3.a. ur-sag# sur2?-du3-a dingir-re-e-ne lugal-gu10
 en: Hero, falcon of the gods, my king,
3.b. giri17-zal igi gun3 ti mar-ru10 szu du7
 en: face sparkling (with) joy, equipped with arrows and a quiver
4. nemur banda3{+da} sag gesz ra-ra musz-husz szex(|KAxSZE|) gi4-gi4
 en: Wild leopard who kills, screaming mušhuš creature
5. DU-DU-ma? bi-du3 uszumgal ambar-ra guru5 bur2-ra ulu3{+lu} lu2-ra te-a
 en: ..., ušumgal creature rushing forth/gnashing its teeth(?) in the marshes, southern storm drawing near to man
6. nun sag mah kur sza3-ga# lug-ga edin# lu sag dub2-dub2-bu#?
 en: First, great ruler living in the mountain midst, smashing heads of sheep(?) in the plain
7. lugal-gu10 KA-zu MASZ-MASZ-MASZ en {d}nin-gesz-zi-da ki-zu x-[...]
 en: My king, your mouth/tooth ..., lord Ningišzida, your place(?) ...
8. {d}nin-gesz-zi-da KA-zu MASZ-MASZ-MASZ en {d}nin-gesz-zi-da ki-zu# [...]
 en: Ningešzida, your mouth/tooth ..., lord Ningešzida, your place(?) ...
9. gada-la2-mu2 a-gin7 gar-ra-zu sza3-zu a-ba mu-un-zu
 en: My(?) linen clad priest, when you put ... thusly, who has known your thoughts?
10. {d}nin-gesz-zi-da a-gin7 gar-ra-zu sza3-zu a-ba mu-[un-zu]
 en: Ningešzida, when you put ... thusly, who has known your intention?
11. inim ku3-zu mu-un-zu-ra mu-un-zu nu-mu-un-zu-ra [...]
 en: For the one who has known your holy word, he has known it (to his benefit?), for the one who has not known he has not known it(?)
12. nu-mu-un-zu-ra nu-mu-un-zu-ra MI-GIM mu-un-na#-[...]
 en: For the one who has not known, for the one who has not known, ...
13. {d}nin-gesz-zi-da nu-mu-un-zu-ra MI-GIM mu-un#-[na-...]
 en: Ningešzida, for the one who has not known, ...
14. inim mah-zu ki-sze3 DU-a-ba musz-husz na-nam x [...]
 en: When you exalted word comes towards the earth/netherworld, it is indeed a mušhuš creature ...
15.a. i7#?-da a-ge6-a-gin7#!? du7-du7
 en: Thrashing in the river like(?) a flood,
15.b. a-sza3-ga ma?-ru#? [...]
 en: ... in the field like(?) a stormwind(?)
16. [...]-x#-lum a-u5 me ku5-ku5-ru IM [...]
 en: Magilum(?), separating the ... high flood, u
17. [...] x# sza3 ni2-ta-na KA mu-un-[...]
 en: ... his own heart/midst ...
18. [...] x ki? ra x me#-a# za3# gar# e#? [...]
 en: ...
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  beginning broken
  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 4.19.02 Ningeshzida B (witness) Balbale-Song of Ningizzida)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0070

    [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 16834
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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 21:20:47 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
2011-10-07 at 08:45:22 Wagensonner, Klaus Atf Wagensonner, Klaus 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 000700 (Ningeshzida B) composite (P478918) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000700, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346155.
CDLI Literary 000700, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346155). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346155 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000700, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346155 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
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	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346155},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346155},
}

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