CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 011 (P346194)

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))






1. [...]
 en: ...
2. [...]
 en: ...
3. sza3# su3#-[...]
 en: (Possessing) a profound mind, true woman, (possessing) a pure/bright heart, I want to speak to you about your me
4. ge6-par4 ku3-na#? hu-mu#-[...]-re
 en: (I?) shall enter into her(!) holy cloister
5. en-me-en en#-he2-<du7>-an#-na# [...]
 en: I am the en priestess, I am Enheduana
6. {gi}ma-sa2#-ab i3-gur3 asil3#-la2# i3#-du11#
 en: The masab basket was carried, the asila was intoned
7. ki-si-ga bi2-in-[...]-ti#-e#
 en: ... established funerary offerings (as if) I was not living there(?)
8. u4-de3 ba-te [...]
 en: (I?) approached the sunlight, the sunlight was burning
9. gissu#-[...]
 en: (I?) approached the shade, but it covered by (lit. along with) a southern storm(?)
10. 1(u) x-[...]-du11#
 en: My “honey mouth” was ...
  with line tally 10
11. [...]-gi4#
 en: My “thing that gladdened the liver” was turned back with the dust(?)/I turned that which pleased me back with the dust(?)
12. [...] x x [...]
 en: My fate, (involving?) Suen and lugalane
13. an#-ra# du11#?-mu#-na-ab [...]-e#?
 en: Speak to An, so that he undoes it for me
14. a-da-lam an-ra du11-mu-na ba#?-[...]-du#?-e
 en: Now, speak to An, he will undo it for me
15. nam lugal-an-ne2 munus-e ba-ab-kar#-re#!?
 en: The woman will take away the fate (of, from?) lugalane
16. kur a-ma-ru giri3!-ni-sze3 i3-nu2
 en: Mountain and flood alike lie/crouch at her feet
17. munus-bi i3-ga-mah! iri!{ki!} mu-da-tuku4-a
 en: That woman is also supreme, she can shake the city(?)
18. gub-ba sza3-ga-ni ha-ma-sed4-de3
 en: Stand/serve, so that she is cooled in her heart for me
19. en-he2-du7-an-na-me-en a-ra-zu ga-mu-ra-du11?
 en: I am Enheduana, and I shall perform an arazu prayer for you
20. 1(u) er2-ga2 kasz du10-ga-gin7
 en: My tears like sweet beer
  with line tally 10
21. ku3 {d}inanna-ra szu hu-mu-ni-bar-re di ku5 ga-mu-ra-ab-du11
 en: for holy Inanna I shall release, I shall say to you “judge"(?).
22. {d}dil-im2-babbar AN an-kusz2-u3-am3#?
 en: Dilimbabbar is an exhausted god(!?)
23. szu-luh an ku3-ga-ta nig2-na-ma-[...]-kur2
 en: Away from/togther with(?) the cleansing rites of holy An, everything of his is changed
24. an#-ta e2-an-na# ha-ba-da-an#?-[...]
 en: And thus (Lugalane) has removed the Eanna temple from An
1. an lu2 gu-la-ta ni2 ba-ra-ba-da-te
 en: He has not feared An(?), the greatest one
2. e2-bi# la-la-bi ba-ra-mu-un-gin6 hi-li-bi ba-ra-mu-un-til
 en: He did not solidify(!?) the charm of that temple, he did not fulfill its allure
3. e2-bi e2 hul-a hu-mu-di-ni-ib2-ku4
 en: He turned that temple into a malevolent temple
4. tab mu-szi-in-ku4-ra-ni! ninim-ma-ni! hu-mu-te
 en: When(?) he entered ..., he drew his envy near(?)
5. {d}sumun2-zi-de3-ni lu2 he2-eb2-sar-re lu2 he2-em-ib2-dab5-be2-[...]
 en: May his(?) “true wild cow” chase that man away, may you seize that man
6. ki zi-sza3-gal2-ka ga2-e na-<me>-en
 en: In the place of life giving force/encouragement, what(!?) am I?
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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 4.07.02 Inanna B ('Decad no. 04') (witness) Enheduanna's Song to Inanna (NinmeÅ¡arra))
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: UET 6, 0109

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

  • history: Hallo & van Dijk Exaltation p.37

    [sec87710] N.d.

  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16879F
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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 16:36:06 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 16:25:10 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-01 at 14:34:08 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 000623 (Inanna B) composite (P478852) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000623, Ex. 011 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023.
CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 011 artifact entry (No. P346194). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 011 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000623, ex. 011 artifact entry},
	url = {},
	howpublished = {},

DA  - 2023/6/15/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346194
LB  - CDLI:P346194
M1  - 2024/6/18/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000623, ex. 011 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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