CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 010 (P346193)

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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Literary (ETCSL 4.07.02 Inanna B ('Decad no. 04') (witness) Enheduanna's Song to Inanna (Ninmešarra))






column 1
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1'. [...] x [...]
 en: ...
2'. ni2# me-lam2 ulu3{+lu#}-[...]
 en: ...
3'. [nig2]-me#-gar huszx(GIR3)-bi igi-sze3 mu#?-[...]
 en: Along with the aura and radiance, and the southern stormwind(?), you have brought(?) for yourself(?) the furious(?) stupor of the people to the fore
4'. me-ta me huszx(GIR3)-bi szu ba-re#-[...]
 en: You have taken the (most) furious of the me for yourself
5'. i-dab!(TUG2) er2-ra-ke4 gal2 ma3-ra-an-tak4#
 en: The “threshold(!?) of mourning” has opened for you(!)
6'. e2!? a-mir!? gal-gal sila-ba mu-ri-du
 en: ... goes on the street of the temple(?) of greatest lamentation/great lamentations(!) (i.e., the netherworld?) for you
7'. igi me6-ta nig2 ma#-ra-ab-ta-si-ig
 en: From the front of battle things (that are shot, flung?) are removed for you (i.e., diverted?)
8'. nin-gu10 a2 ni2-za zu2-zu2 i3-gu7#-e
 en: My lady, in/with your own power “teeth consume"(!?)
9'. u4 du7-du7-gin7 i3-du7-du7-<<GIM>>-en
 en: You are to thrash like a thrashing storm
10'. u4 gu3 ra-ra-ta gu7 im-da-ab-ra-ra
 en: (You) shout together with the shouting storm
11'. {d}iszkur-gin7 szu mu-da-ab-gi4-gi4
 en: As if with Iškur(?) (you) avenge(?)
12'. im-hul-im-hul-da im-da-UD-ux(|IGI.LUxU|)?-de3
 en: You are to ... together with the destructive winds
13'. giri3-za nu-kusz2-u3 i-im-si
 en: (But) inexhaustiveness is worn on your feet (as footwear)
14'. balag er2-ra-ta i-lu im-da-ab-be2
 en: ... performs a lament with the balag drum of weeping
15'. nin-gu10 a-{d}nun-na dingir gal-gal-e-ne
 en: My lady, the Anuna(!), the great gods
16'. su-din dal-dal-a-gin7 du10-de3 mu-szi-ib2-ra-asz
 en: Like flying/winged? bats, they have they have been driven(?) into(!?) the ruin mound/cracks(?) because of you
17'. igi husz-a-za# la#-ba-si-ge-de3-esz
 en: They are not to stand(?) at your furious face
18'. sag#-ki husz-a-za sag# nu-mu-de3-ga2-ga2
 en: Not one (of them) can confront your furious forehead
19'. sza3# ib2-ba-a#?-zu#? [...]-te#-en
 en: The cooling(!?) of your malevolent heart is a supreme (undertaking)
20'. x [...]
 en: ...
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column 2
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1'. {gi#}[ma-sa2-ab ...]
 en: The masab basket was carried, the asila was intoned
2'. ki-si#?-[ga ...]
 en: ... established funerary offerings/a “good site"?, (as if?) I was not living there(?)
3'. u4-de3# [...]
 en: (I?) approached the sunlight, the sunlight was burning
4'. gissu#-[...]
 en: (I?) approached the shade, but it was covered by (lit. along with) a southern storm(?)
5'. ka [...]
 en: My “honey mouth” was ...
6'. nig2 x [...]
 en: My “thing that gladdened the liver” was turned back with the dust(?)/I turned that which pleased me back with the dust(?
7'. nam-[...]
 en: My fate, (involving?) Suen and lugalane
8'. an-ra# [...]
 en: Speak to An, so that he undoes it for me
9'. a-da-[...]
 en: Now, speak to An, he will undo it for me
10'. nam [...]
 en: The woman will take away the fate (of, from?) lugalane
11'. kur a-[...]
 en: Mountain and flood alike lie/crouch at her feet
12'. munus-bi# [...]
 en: That woman is also supreme, she can shake the city
13'. gub#-[...]
 en: Stand/serve, so that she is cooled in her heart to/for me
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column 1'
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1'. [...]-du11-[...]
 en: (This is) what has not been said (of) Nanna('s), (but) what has been said of you
2'. [...]
 en: My lady, (you did these things?) the greatest(?), you are supreme
3'. [...]-mir#?-za ga#?-[...]
 en: My lady beloved of An, I shall speak of(?) your anger(?)
4'. [...]-dub# szu-luh# x bi2-[...]
 en: The charcoal has been piled up, the cleansing rites ...
5'. [...]-an#-gar#? x x x x x
 en: The “holy tavern” has been set up for you(?), ...
6'. im#-[...]-diri#?-ga#?-ta#? nin UN#?-gal#? ma-x-x
 en: After it (the matter) became too much, lady and queen, (as has) been spoken to you(?)
7. [...]-u3#-na# ma-ra-an-du11#-ga#-am3#
 en: That which was said to you in the nighttime
8'. gala# an#?-bar7#?-x szu hu#?-[...]
 en: The lamentation priest shall repeat at(?) noon for you
9'. dam# dab5#?-[...]-ke4#-[esz]
 en: Because of your captured spouse, because of your captured child
10'. ib2#-[...]
 en: Your anger has been maximized, your heart does not cool
11'. nin# gu2#?-[...]
 en: Perfect lady, authoritative one of the assembly
12'. siskur2#-[...]
 en: She accepted her siskur offering/ritual on her (Enheduana's) behalf
13'. x [...]
 en: ...
14'. x x [...]
 en: ...
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  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 4.07.02 Inanna B ('Decad no. 04') (witness) Enheduanna's Song to Inanna (NinmeÅ¡arra))
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: UET 6, 0108

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

  • history: Exaltation, p.37

    [Hallo1968Exaltation] Hallo, William W., and Johannes J. A. van Dijk. 1968. The Exaltation of Inanna. Vol. 3. Yale Near Eastern Researches. New Haven : Yale University Press.

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U —
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-07-13 at 16:01:15 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-07-13 at 15:59:39 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard 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 16:22:42 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 21:01:59 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 000623 (Inanna B) composite (P478852) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000623, Ex. 010 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). July 13, 2024.
CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 010 artifact entry (No. P346193). (2024, July 13). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 010 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: July 19, 2024).
	note = {[Online; accessed 2024-07-19]},
	year = {2024},
	month = {jul 13},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000623, ex. 010 artifact entry},
	url = {},
	howpublished = {},

DA  - 2024/7/13/
PY  - 2024
ID  - P346193
LB  - CDLI:P346193
M1  - 2024/7/19/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 010 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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