CDLI Literary 000485, ex. 001 (P346181)

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 2.05.05.05 Lipit-Ishtar E (witness) Namgala-Song of Nininsinna for Lipiteshtar)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
1. [{d}nin]-i3#-si-na dumu x an-[na] e2-gi4-a gal#? nir-ra#?
 en: Ninisina, ... child of An, great bride of the lordly one(?)
2. [{d}]li#-pi2-it-esz18-dar u2#-a-zu# he2-am3 e-ne-ra mu-na-an-du11
 en: ... said to her “may Lipit-Ištar be you provider”
  double ruling
3. sza3-ba-tuku-am3
 en: It is the šagbatuku
4. ka-ta e3-a-ni {d}en-lil2-la2-sze3#?
 en: To his utterance, to that of Enlil,
5. {d}nin-i3-si-na-ka-sze3 gesztu2 ba-szi-in-gub sun5-na-bi mu-na!-ni-ib-gi4-gi4
 en: NinIsina(!) paid attention and answered him humbly
6. a-a {d}en-lil2 dingir uszum pa e3 i-bi2-MU nun#?-gal#?-e#!?-ne#?
 en: Father Enlil, god who is an emergent ušum creature(?), foremost(?) of the great princes (Igigi)
7. en an#?-ki#? me-zu#? me-a dab a2 ag2-zu#? a2 ag2-ta rib#?
 en: Lord of the universe, your me exceed (other) me(?), your commands surpass (other) commands(?)
8. sipa zi sza3-ge! pa3#-da-zu#?
 en: You shepherd chosen in the heart
9. x x u3-mu-un {d}li-pi2-it-esz18-dar-ra?
 en: ... lord Lipit-Ištar
10. [...] x x x x-ra#-ba#? u3-mu-ni-IL2
 en: After you(?) raised/carried ... among(?)
11. [...] ha#-ra#-x-x?-e#
 en: May ...
12. [...] x-x-in-gar
 en: ... placed ...
  rest broken
reverse
1. [...]-na?-ka-sze3# [...] gesztu2 ba-szi-in-gub#
 en: ... Enlil(?) paid attention to the spoken word of Ninisina
2. [...]-na#-an-de2-[...] mu#-ni-ib-tar-re
 en: He cries out truthfully to ... and decrees a fate
3. [{d}]li#-pi2-it#-esz18-dar mu pa3-da-gu10-me-en# ug3-ga2 sag mi-ni-in-il2#
 en: Lipit-Ištar, you are the one I chose by name, (you) have raised (your) head among the people
4. zi-gal2-e ama a-a ugu-bi-gin7 igi-bi he2-en-gal2
 en: The people look towards (you) like their birth parents
5. kal-ga sag-en3-tar e2!-kur-ra ensi2 esz3 mah-am3#?
 en: The powerful one, caretaker of the Ekur temple, who is ensi official of the supreme shrine
6. u4-ta-ulu3{+lu} ki szen-szen-na-ka# a2-tah-zu he2-am3
 en: Utaulu (Ninurta), may he be your helper at the place of combat
7. hul-du-zu buru5{muszen}-gin7 ha-ra-ur4-ru zar-re-esz ha-ra-ab-sal-e
 en: May he gather up your enemy like small birds (in a net) for you, may he spread them out into sheaves for you
  double ruling
8. ki-ru-gu2 4(disz)-kam-ma
 en: It is the 4th kirugu
9. nun {d}li-pi2-it-esz18-dar {d}nu-nam-nir-ra en du11-ga nu-kur2-ru-de3 ug3 szar2-ra-ba mu-ni im-mi-mah
 en: Ruler Lipit-Ištar, Nunamnir, the lord who will not change his utterance, glorifies(?) his name among the many people
  double ruling
10. gesz-gi4-gal2-bi-im
 en: It is the gešgigal “response”
11. {d}en-lil2-me-en an-sze3 u5!?-me-en ki-sze3 en me#? 1(szar2)-me-en
 en: I am Enlil, heavenwards I am riding(?), towards the earth I am lord (of) the many cosmic powers(?)
12. {d}li-pi2-it-esz18-dar nam du10 mi-ni-ib-tar-re
 en: I will decree a good fate (for) Lipit-Ištar and therefore it is something that cannot be changed
  double ruling
13. szir3-nam-gala {d}nin-i3-si-na-ke4
 en: Song of the gala priesthood of Ninisina
  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 2.05.05.05 Lipit-Ishtar E (witness) Namgala-Song of Nininsinna for Lipiteshtar)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0096

    [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 16879B
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-06-11 at 15:37:49 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 15:32:33 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:59 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 000485 (Lipit-Ishtar E) composite (P481739) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000485, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346181.
CDLI Literary 000485, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346181). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346181 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000485, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346181 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000485, ex. 001 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346181},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346181},
}

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