CDLI Literary 000513, ex. 001 (P346190)

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 2.06.09.06 Rim-Sin F (witness) A prayer to Nanna for Rim-Sin)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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1. {d#}ri-im-{d}suen lugal me nun-na kingal me szar2-ra nam-nun-na sag il2
 en: Rīm-Sîn, king of the princely cosmic powers, overseer of the many cosmic powers, whose head is raised in princeliness
2. abzu esz3 ku3 mah e2-kisz-nu-gal2-la-ke4
 en: In the Abzu, the pure and supreme shrine of the Ekišnugal temple
3. nam-mah gal sza3-ta bar-ta-bi
 en: Its greatness (which is present) inside and outside
4. ki-gar e2-GISZ sza3 ku3 sikil-la-ka
 en: The foundation of(!?) the temple, in (its) pure and holy midst
5. ir du10-ga tir szim {gesz}erin-na ha-szu-ur2-ra-kam
 en: There is a sweet odor of a forest of cedar and juniper
6. e2 ki-gal-bi sza3 e2-ke4
 en: On the pedestal of the temple (that is) in the midst of the temple
7. an-dul7 e2-e me-lam2 e2-ke4
 en: In the shade of the temple, in the aura of the temple
8. ub gal ub# ku3-ge sza3 gin6-na
 en: In the great corner, the holy corner whose interior is established(?)
9. gesz-hur ka2-na#
 en: The plan of the gate
10. gesz-bur2-e asz-me sag-ga2-ni urin [...]-ni#?-in-DU-DU
 en: The {geš}bur ornament and the sun disk of its(?) front/his head(?), a guard/standard(?) ... there
11. alim-ma zi-da gab2-bu-kam#? kin2 gal szu dab-dab-be2#
 en: Bison of the right and left, a great work ...
12. dingir ka2-na en-nu-ug3 i3-ke3-de3
 en: The god(s) of the gate are to stand watch
13. gesz HI mah ki-bi ma#?-ra-du10-du10
 en: Supreme ... trees(?) have made the site sweet for you
14. za3-du8 a-sal4-bar-ra si-gar kun4 i-dub-be2
 en: The(?) jamb, architrave, bolt, staircase(?), and threshold
15. {gesz}ig {gesz}sag-kul {gesz}suhubx(|SZU.ESZ|) e2-ke4
 en: The door, bolt and latch of the temple
16. ki-sa5 du6? e2-a ki gar e2 e2 sza3 ku3 sikil-la-ka
 en: The platform, the mound founded in the temple(?) ... in the temple whose midst is pure and holy(?)
17. gi-zi ku3 ku3-bi ku3-si2 ku3-babbar2-ra
 en: The pure(?) gizi reed growth, its metal(?) being gold and silver
18. da LAGAB abzu-a e2-kisz-nu-gal2-la-kam
 en: It is the side of the circuit(?) of the Abzu shrine, that of the Ekišnugal temple
19. esz3#? ku3-ga ab2 nigin2-nigin2-na
 en: In the pure shrine where cows roam
20. [am] gu2#? pesz#? za-gin3-na-ke4 nig2 sza3-ba-bi dab5-be2-de3
 en: Thick-necked wild bulls(?) of lapis, to be seized (for) their impregnation(?)
21. [... ab2] szilam#?-bi# amar#-bi x [...]
 en: ... the cow ... its calf ...
22. [...]-ga ma-sug2-ge#-[...]
 en: ... stand(?) ...
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1. gi# usz2 gi sumun-ne2-ke4 u2#-[...]
 en: The dead reeds, the old reeds ...
2. gi# BAD nu2-a gi si sa2 x [...]
 en: Crouched (in) the dead/old reeds, the straight reeds(?) ...
3. [x] sza3-ba ki gar ma-ra-[...]
 en: ..., founded in its midst(?), ...
4. x LAGAB abzu e2#-[...]
 en: It is the ... of the circuit(?) of the Abzu shrine, that of the Ekišnugal temple(?)
5. x ku3 gesz-gi a ku3-ga x [...] ma-ra-mu2#-mu2#
 en: The pure ..., (in?) the reedbed, the pure water ... grows for you(?)
6. sza3 e2-e ka2 esz3 gal mah
 en: In the midst of the temple, (past?) the gate of the great and supreme shrine
7. munus zi ul gur3-ru a szu du7-a nam-nun-na sag il2
 en: The true/fertile lady, filled with attractiveness, perfect(?), head raised in magnificence
8. hi-li su3-su3 gurun-gin7 sig7-ga
 en: Exuding allure, verdant like fruit
9. ul gur3-ru mi2 du11-ga hur-sag-gin7 me-lam2-ma szu du7
 en: Filled with attractiveness, taken care of like a mountain range equipped with an aura
10. sza3-ta bar-ta ub-ta# limmu2-bi
 en: Inside and outside, its four corners
11. alan TE-ME-bi {d}lamma mah e2-ke4
 en: The appropriate(?) statue/physique?, the supreme lamma protective spirit
12. sza3 u4-sakar gar-ra bala-bala-e-de3
 en: In order to procreate the established (crescent) moon/month(?)
13. {d}udug e2 {d}lamma e2-ke4
 en: The udug and lamma spirits of the temple
14. an-gub-ba dumu e2-ke4
 en: The tutelary god, the resident(?) of the temple
15. dur2 u2-zu-uk-ka?-ta en-nu-ug3 ka2 bar-ra giri3 gub dingir-ra
 en: From/at the unclean(?) foundation/bottom, the watch of the outer gate, where the steps (i.e., the (beginning of the) procession?) of the god occurs
16. gesz-hur szu-luh mah e2-e-ke4 dur2 ki ma-ra-sar-sar
 en: They make the design of the great šuluh ritual go smoothly(?) for you
17. NI ki-gal-bi {d}lamma mah e2-e-ke4
 en: ..., the pedestal (of the statue?) of the supreme lamma spirit of the temple
18. i3 ga-ar3-bi NIG2-NIG2-bi ma-ra-DU-DU he2#?-a
 en: Butter and cream ..., brought for you, there shall be!(?)
19. an-gub-bu {d}lamma {d}|KALxAN|?-sa6-ga e2-e sze-ga?-ba?
 en: The tutelary god, the lamma spirit, lamasaga/Aladsaga(!?), the one who is agreeable in the temple
20. SAG-SAG nig2-sa6-ga-zu he2-bi2-ib-tuku-tuku-ne
 en: May they acquire your good ...
21. nig2-na-<de5>-ga gesz-bi du11-ga-zu
 en: Your offered(?) incense burner(?)
22. {d}nanna {d}nin!-gal-bi szu he2-eb-szu-te-ge26-ne
 en: Both Nanna and Ningal shall accept it
23. KA ku3-ga-ne-ne-a szu ha-ra-mu2-mu2-ne
 en: They shall pray for you with their holy words/mouths
24. {d}ri-im-{d}suen lugal-gu10
 en: Rīm-Sîn, my king
25. 4(u) 6(disz) mu-bi-im
 en: 46 is (the total number of) its lines.

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 2.06.09.06 Rim-Sin F (witness) A prayer to Nanna for Rim-Sin)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0105

    [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 07747
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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
2019-05-29 at 21:01:59 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2011-07-19 at 12:11:14 Dahl, Jacob L. Atf Dahl, Jacob L. 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 000513 (Rim-Sin F) composite (P481134) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000513, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346190.
CDLI Literary 000513, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346190). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346190 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000513, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346190 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 28},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000513, ex. 001 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346190},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346190},
}

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