CDLI Literary 000616, ex. 001 (P346157)

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 4.02.01 Baba A (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
1. munus zi {d}utu kalam-ma {d}lamma me-tesz2 ga-i#-i#
 en: True woman, the Utu (i.e., sun) of the land, I want to praise the lamma
2. sukkal! mah ama {d}ba-ba6 zi lugal-la u3-tu
 en: Supreme vizier of mother Bau, who engenders the life of the king
3. ra-gaba ku3 an-sza3-ta dub nam-ti-la-na e11#-de3
 en: Pure rider, bringing her tablet of life down from the midst of heaven
4. tu15 an-ta giri3-a DU he2-gal2 pa e11
 en: Wind(?) from above going along the path, making abundance manifest(!?)
5. mu-x-hi-isz-tum sag szum2 me-te {d}ba-ba6 uru2-ku3-ga he2-du7-bi-im#
 en: The one who advances forth, the fitting one of Bau, she is the ornament of the Irikug sacred precinct
6. {d}lamma lu2# siskur2-ra {d}ba-ba6-ur2? inim du10 ga#-di
 en: Lamma, the one of the siskur prayer/ritual, (says) “I want to say a sweet word for Bau”
7. nam-lu2-lu7{lu} ki ag2 nig2-ba-bi hul2-le#-za
 en: Who loves the people, when you rejoice at their gift
8. {d}lamma-sa6-ga {d}ba#-ba6# MUNUS-bi su3-u4-sze3 ga-mu-e-i-i-de3-en
 en: Lammasaga of Bau ... we praise profoundly
9. x sag sa6 hi-li gur3-ru kiszi4-kiszi4 {na4}za-gin3 duru5
 en: ... (with?) a beautiful(?) head(?), bearing allure, both halves (of her head) are(?) gleaming lapis
10. [...] x-ga TUG2 NIG2 gesz? E gun3#-gun3#-gu2
 en: ..., sparkling/variegated ...
11. [...] DU-e#? a#?-ma?-ru-um? u6-di-zu
 en: ... your admiration/sight
12. [...] x lugal-sze3 <igi?> he2-em-szi-ni-gal2
 en: ... may she look at(?) the king there
13. [...] gub#?-bu-zu# lal3 x [...]
 en: ... when you stand/your standing, honey ...
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1'. [...] x x LU LU ru#? [...]
 en: ...
2'. [...] gesz?-gi-na tam-tam-ma-ka
 en: ... of pure limbs(?)
3'. [...] x-ra munus zi {d}lamma-gu10
 en: ..., true lady, my lamma
4'. [{d}lamma-sa6-ga {d}ba-ba6] MUNUS#-bi su3-u4-sze3 ga-e-i-i-de3-en
 en: Lammasaga of Bau ... we praise profoundly
5'. [...] x dub?-ba?-sze3 la2-a he2-em-me-za e3? ur4? ak
 en: May your saying “may ... attached ... to ..."(?), ...
6'. nir-gal2 ki ag2 {d}ba-ba6 nin dugud du11-ga zi-da-ke4
 en: Noble one, beloved by Bau, the important lady of the true command
7'. ha-ra-ni-ib-x he2#?-<<IM?>>-em-ku7 nin x gesztin?-gin7 ku7-ku7-da
 en: May she ... for you, may ... be sweet(?), lady to be sweetened like ... and wine?
8'. en {d}ig-alim-ma-ke4 gal-bi hu-mu-gal2 me-tesz2-bi
 en: Lord Igalima, may the(?) praise be greatly present
9'. munus zi {d}lamma-gu10 nin nam-gu3-de2-a-za
 en: True lady, my protective deity, lady of your (own?) craft of proclamation(?)
10'. {d}lamma-sa6-ga {d}ba-ba6 MUNUS-bi su3-u4-sze3 ga-mu-e-i-i#-de3#-en
 en: Lamasaga of Bau ... we praise profoundly
11'. nin gu7 nag giri17-zal? x nam-he2-a x il2-i
 en: The lady ... joyful(?) eating and drinking, raising ... abundance ...
12'. ki-tusz he2-gal2 abzu-ta kurun2 kasz-a gu3 nun di
 en: The dwelling “abundance from/in(?) the Abzu,” bellowing nobly in (consuming) liquor and beer

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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  • history: UET 6, 0072

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

  • history: Sjoberg JCS 26, 176-177

    [sec87666] N.d.

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  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16868
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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 16:08:27 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 000616 (Baba A) composite (P478847) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000616, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346157.
CDLI Literary 000616, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346157). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346157 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000616, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346157 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
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	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346157},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346157},
}

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