CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 015 (P346197)

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 4.80.01 Temple Hymns (witness) Collection of Temple Hymns)






  beginning broken
1'. mu# du10-ga#? [...]
 en: Named a good name
2'. sza3-zu {d}[...]
 en: Your interior is the river ordeal
3'. e2!-galga-su3# [...]
 en: Egalgasud temple, storehouse that makes silver and lapis
4'. gi-sa-sze3# [...]
 en: Into treasure
5'. tar-sirx(SUD)-sirx(SUD) [...] me i3-i ki?-ri szu# gal2
 en: Etarsirsir temple, enunciating/effecting(?) decisions and the cosmic powers, one who strokes the nose (in submission)
6'. nun-zu sza3-la2 tuku#? [...]
 en: Your ruler, possessed of pity ...
7'. nin a-zu gal [...]
 en: Lady, great physician of the black headed
8'. nam iri{ki}-na# [...]
 en: Who decrees the fate of her city
9'. dumu sag an ku3-ga ama#? [...]
 en: Eldest child of holy An, mother Bau
10'. e2 iri{ki#?}-[...]
 en: Temple of the Irikug sacred precinct
11'. musz#-za# e2 bi2-in#-[gub]
 en: She erected a temple in your sacred space
12'. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in#-[gar]
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
13'. e2-bur-sag12-sag12 an-e sug2#-[...]
 en: Ebursagsag temple, (where beautiful stone bowls) are set up under heaven
14'. {+u2-nu}unu6 {en#?}en KA ku3-gin7 sa2 [...]
 en: The dining hall/sanctum, consistently supplied (with offerings?) like the lord of the pure mouth(!?)
15'. he-nun ab sza3-ga unu2 [...]
 en: The abundance of the midst of the sea, ... inner sanctum
16'. sumur3? ku3-ZI UBUR? [...] u2-x u2-gu-ul gar-ra
 en: Pure(?) roof/hair?(?), ..., ..., ... interceding
17'. a-si-lu-lu [...]
 en: Rejoicing ...
18'. e2-mah e2 {d}szara2 e2#? lu2 zi#?-[...]
 en: The Emah temple, temple of Šara, the temple(?) where the faithful man in(?) abundance
19'. szu mu-ra-ni-in#-[...]
 en: Prayed to you
20'. e2-zu e2-mah# nun#-zu dumu nun# [...]
 en: Your temple, the Emah, your prince, the princely son of the nugig midwife (Inanna)(?)
21'. szeg10#? sal#-sal x he#-nun [...]
 en: It voice thinned/spread out(?), (its) sacred space(?) producing(?) abundance
22'. [...] x [...]
  rest broken
  beginning broken
  double ruling
1'. [e2]-sze-er-zi-gur3#-[ru ...]
 en: Ešerzidguru temple, inner sanctum hung with šuba stones
2'. ni2# gal nigar{gar} ku3# [...]
 en: (Possessing) a great aura, the nigar sanctary of holy Inanna
3'. me zi me e3 szu x [...] x [...] x x [...]
 en: Adorning/touching the true me, the emerging(?) me, broadly
4'. zabalax(|MUSZ3.ZA.UNUG|){ki} esz3 MUSZ3 KUR#? [...] x x [...]
 en: Zabalam, shrine ..., shrine at daybreak(?)
5'. ku-ur-{ku}kurku2 ad mi-x-[...]
 en: She has found the voice of (i.e. found expression for?) the wish(?)
6'. unu2{ki} zi-za nu-gig#?-[...]
 en: In your true inner sanctum, the nugig midwife
7'. kur-ku ma-ra-ni-[...]
 en: Laid down the wish
8'. nin-zu {d}inanna MUNSZUB? [...] dili{+di-li}
 en: Your lady, Inanna, singular ...
9'. uszumgal lu2 dili ur2 dab5-ba [...]
 en: ušumgal creature grabbing the limbs(?) of the single(?) man, ...
10'. nig2-babbar2 sag SAR-SAR ki-bala-sze3 [...]
 en: Shining as something white, advancing toward the rebel land
11'. gesz-he u2-sa11-an-na ni2-ta-[...]
 en: The firmament in the evening made beautiful by her own (doing)
12'. dumu gal {d#}suen#-na {d}inanna#-[ke4]
 en: The eldest child of Suen, Inanna
13'. e2 ki# zabalax(|MUSZ3.ZA.UNUG|)#[{ki}]
 en: Temple of Zabalam
14'. musz-za e2# bi2#-in-[gub]
 en: She erected a temple in your sacred space
15'. bara2-za dur2 bi2#-[in-gar]
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
  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 4.80.01 Temple Hymns (witness) Collection of Temple Hymns)
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: TCS 3, 015

    [Bergmann1969TCS3] Sjöberg, Åke W., and Eugen Bergmann. 1969. The Collection of the Sumerian Temple Hymns. Vol. 3. Texts from Cuneiform Sources. Locust Valley, N.Y.

  • history: UET 6, 0112

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

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-06-07 at 10:35:37 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-06-07 at 10:32:26 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 21:30:33 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 000750 (Temple Hymns) composite (P478950) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000750, Ex. 015 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 7, 2024.
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 015 artifact entry (No. P346197). (2024, June 7). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 015 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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DA  - 2024/6/7/
PY  - 2024
ID  - P346197
LB  - CDLI:P346197
M1  - 2024/6/18/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 015 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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