CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 016 (P346198)

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 4.80.01 Temple Hymns (witness) Collection of Temple Hymns)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
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reverse
column 1
  beginning broken
1'. dumu#? [{d}]en#-[lil2-la2 ...]
 en: Son of Enlil, lord Ningirsu
2'. e2#?-[...]
 en: Eninnu temple
  n lines broken
3'. x [...]
 en: ...
4'. e2-[...]
 en: Egalgasud temple, storehouse that makes silver and lapis
5'. gi-sa#-[sze3 ...]
 en: Into treasure
6'. tar-sirx(SUD)-sirx(SUD) esz#-[...] mes-e# [...]
 en: Etarsirsir temple, enunciating/effecting(?) decisions and the cosmic powers, the hero who strokes the nose (in submission)
7'. nun-zu sza3-la2 tuku#? [...]
 en: Your prince, possessed of pity ...
8'. nin# a-[zu ...]
 en: Lady, great physician of the black headed
  rest broken
column 2
  beginning broken
1'. {d}[szara2 ...]
 en: Šara, ... a good thing
2'. dumu ama-ni-ir# [...]
 en: Who allocates the cosmic power to his mother
3'. e2 umma[{ki}]
 en: Temple of Umma
4'. musz-za e2 bi2#-[in-gub]
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
5'. bara2-za dur2 bi2-[in-gar]
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
6'. E2-sze-er!-zi#-[...]
 en: Ešerzidguru temple
7'. unu szuba la2# [...]
 en: Inner sanctum hung with šuba stones
8'. idim gal nigar{gar}-ra x x
 en: Great spring(?), the nigar sanctary of ...
9'. me zi me ak? szu dagal# x
 en: Adorning/touching the true me, the exercised(?) me broadly
10'. zabalax(|MUSZ3.ZA.UNUG|){ki} esz3 MUSZ3#? [...]
 en: Zabalam, shrine ...
11'. esz3-zu u4 [...]
 en: Your shrine at daybreak(?)
12'. kurku2 ad mi-[...]
 en: She has found the voice of(i.e. found expression for?) the wish(?)
13'. unu2 zi-zu nu-gig#-[...]
 en: (In) your true sanctum, the nugig midwife
14'. kurku2# ma#-ra#-ni#-[...]
 en: Laid down the wish
15'. nin-zu {d}inanna MUNSZUB#? x x
 en: Your lady Inanna, ...
16'. uszumgal lu2 dili# ur2#? dab5#?-ba#? x
 en: ušumgal creature grabbing the limbs(?) of the single(?) man
17'. nig2-babbar2 sag mu2-mu2# [...]
 en: Shining as something white
18'. ki-bala-sze3 sag ga2#-[...]
 en: Advancing toward the rebel land
19'. gesz#?-he#? ni2#?-te#?-[...]
 en: By her own doing the firmament is made beautiful(?)
20'. dumu {d}suen-na {d#}[inanna-ke4]
 en: The child of Suen, Inanna
21'. e2 ki zabalax(|MUSZ3.ZA.UNUG|)#[{ki}]
 en: Temple of Zabalam
22'. musz-za e2 bi2#-[in-gub]
 en: She erected a temple in your sacred space
23'. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in#-gar#
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
24'. e2 u6 gal-gin7 su-<lim> husz ni2 guru3
 en: Temple bearing a reddish aura like great awe(?)
25'. esz-bar an-edin#-na u4-te GALAM e3
 en: Decision (renderer?), in(?) the plain an attacking(?) storm
26'. e2 {d}iszkur-ra# igi-zu-sze3 he2-gal2 aga-zu-sze3 giri17-zal#
 en: Temple of Iškur, before you is abundance, behind you is joy
27'. temen gal2-zu |NINDA2xU| si pirig x?
 en: Your intact(!?) foundation(?) is a ... with the horn of a pirig creature(?)
28'. alal# ku3 ubur an-na szegx(|IM.A|) sze# [...]
 en: Pure drainpipe, breast/nipple of heaven, rain producing ...(?) barley
29'. dub-la2-za e2-za am-si# idim#
 en: At your pilaster, at your temple, (you are) a wild elephant
30'. szeg12 zi temen e2-gar8 ni2 il2-zu#
 en: True brickwork, your foundation (with?) a wall that bears an aura(?)
31'. x? x x dungu#? sirx(SU3)-ra x musz gir2
 en: ... thick(?) clouds(?), ... snakes and scorpions/GIRI snake(?)
32'. [...] iti6
 en: ... moonlight
33'. [...] x nam?-gu7 {d}iszkur a-mar?-GAR3?
 en: ... oppression(?), Iškur, a flood(?)
34'. [...] {tu15}ulu3{+lu} {tu15}mir imin
 en: The seven ... southern and northern winds
35'. [...] {tu15}mir dal-ha
 en: ... the northern wind, the dust storm
36'. [...]-ta# im-ma
 en: ... running from the horizon
37'. [...] {na4}esi {na4}x
 en: ... the mountain of diorite and ... stone
38'. [...] x x x [...]
  rest broken
column 3
  beginning broken
1'. {d#}en#-lil2# [{d}en]-ki-da nam# tar#-x
 en: Both(?) Enlil and Enki determine her(?) destiny
2'. e2-sug4-ga#? giri2 sar-sar
 en: Esuga temple, sharpened dagger(?)
3'. zi sag-gig2#-ga me mah-am3
 en: (At?) the throat of the black headed, the me that are great
4'. an-e an-sza3-ta mu-ra-an-szum2
 en: An gave to you from the midst of heaven
5'. e2-mah e2 a12-ra2-bu
 en: Emah temple, the temple of Adab
6'. e2-zu a#? zal-le
 en: (In?) your temple, (in which there is?) flowing water(?)
7'. uz-<ga> ku3#?-ga esz3 ga2-ga2-zu
 en: The holy shrine/treasury, your established shrine
8'. {d}nin#-[hur]-sag#-ga2-ke4 kesz3{ki}-ra
 en: Ninhursaga for Keš
9'. du10-bi# [...]-x-an-na-na
 en: Establishes(?) sweetly
10'. me gal#-[...] sikil#-la szu-luh dadag
 en: The great me, the pure ruin mound, the pure cleansing
11'. {d}{asz}asz7#-[gi4 ...] adab#{ki}-ke4
 en: Ašgi, the god of Adab
12'. adab#[{ki} ...] i7#?-de3 la2-a
 en: Adab, (possessing) a temple attached to the river/canal
13'. musz#-[za e2 bi2]-in#-gub
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
14'. bara2#-[za dur2 bi2]-in#-gar
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
15'. [... an]-e ki gar-ra
 en: Isin, city founded by An
16'. [...]-un#?-DU
 en: He has built(?) it on a low center
17'. [...] x x-am3
 en: Its front is a flood, its midst is skillfully knotted(!?)
  n lines broken
18'. [...]-x imin#-e ad ga2#?-[ga2]
 en: Resounds(?) with the seven wishes(?)
19'. nin a-zu gal kalam-ma
 en: Lady, great physician of the land
20'. {d}nin-i3-si-in-na dumu an-na-ke4
 en: NinIsina, child of An
21'. e2 i3-si-in{ki}
 en: The temple of Isin
22'. musz-za e2 bi2-in-gub
 en: She erected in your sacred space
23'. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in-gar
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
24'. e2-igi-kalam-ma usz ki gar-ra
 en: Eigikalam temple, (its) foundation set upon the earth
25'. hur-sag mu2-a dagal ki us2-sa
 en: Growing mountain range, set on the ground broadly(?)
26'. kur# gu2-erim2-gal2-e
 en: The enemy land
27'. [...] kin2#-ga2#?
 en: Seeking? ...
28'. [...] x {d}nin-x
 en: ...
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column 4
  beginning broken
1'. x [...] x [...]
2'. musz-za# e2 bi2-ib-gub
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
3'. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in-gar
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
4'. der{ki} esz-bar-e gal kin2-ga2 HI KA#-e gi-ba
 en: Dēr, greatly(?) effecting a decision, blocking(?) ...
5'. ka2 ni2 me-lam2 gal2-la-za
 en: At your gate which possesses an aura and radiance
6'. gesz-bur2-zu#? musz#-sza3-tur3 musz-husz gu2-da#? [ba]-an-la2
 en: Your(?) ornament/trap(?) embraced (i.e., catches?) the muššatur and mušhuš creatures
7'. nun-zu mas-su# [dingir] gal#-gal-e-ne
 en: Your ruler, the leader of the gods
8'. sa ba-de3 mah#-di-bi he2-du7
 en: Exalted one of issuing advice, ornament(?)
9'. me zi nam-galam#-ma
 en: Of the true cosmic power of cleverness
10'. gal-zu {d}isztaran# lugal x [an]-na-ke4
 en: The wise one, Ištarān, king of the foundation(?) of heaven
11'. e2-dim-gal-[kalam]-ma#
 en: Edimgalkalam temple
12'. musz-za e2 bi2#-[in-gub]
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
13'. bara2-za dur2 bi2#-[in-gar]
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
14'. e2-sikil me sikil-[...]
 en: Esikil temple, its pure me are surpassing in the lands
15'. me-bi galam#? [...]
 en: Its me are elaborate(?) and mighty
16'. x x [...]
  n lines broken
17'. [... nu]-e3#
 en: When he opens his knees (as a predatory bird?), the evildoer does not escape
18'. [...] ki-bala-a [...]-gul
 en: When he establishes a triumph, rebel lands and cities(?) are destroyed
19'. [...] ug3#-bi [...]-BI
 en: When he frowns, the people are gathered(?) into sand dunes(?)
20'. [... szu]-bi-sze3 la2
 en: Your ruler is a great lion who binds the enemy to his hand
21'. [...] me3#
 en: Your king is a reddish storm, a flood in the middle of battle
22'. [...] x
  rest broken
column 5
  beginning broken
1'. [...] x x [...]
2'. zi-da-bi kur du
 en: Your(!?) right arm makes the mountain tremble
3'. ga-bu-zu erim2# sal-e?
 en: Your left arm spreads out(?) (over) the enemy/spreads out the enemy (like sheaves?)
4'. nun-zu uru16 mah u4 ki us2-sa3
 en: Your ruler, supreme flood, storm touching the earth
5'. ni2# husz# gal ri-a
 en: Exuding a great reddish/furious aura
6'. [...] lugal#-zu
 en: Eduba temple, your king
7'. x x gal {d}za-ba4-ba4
 en: Great ... Zababa
8'. [musz]-za e2 bi2-in-gar
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
9'. bara2#-za dur2 bi2-in-gar
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
10'. [e2]-gesz-kesz2#!?-kalam-ma
 en: Egeškešedakalam temple
11'. [...] nun#?-gi4#!?-a# dingir-re-e-ne
 en: (Bull) whose horn cannot be turned back(?) of the gods
12'. immal2#-am3 e te-en-te
 en: The wild cow ... relaxing
13'. gu4#-dam e-nir ga2-ga2
 en: Wild bull establishing a lament(?)
14'. gu3#?-de2?#-a kar-zu kar sig a na8-na8
 en: Kutha(!), your harbor is a clear harbor, (enough so) to drink water (from)
15'. [sza3]-zu# galam#? ka-ad
 en: Your interior is skillfully knotted
16'. [... {gesz}]mitum2#? an-ta bar-ra
 en: Your mitum weapon is released(?) from heaven
17'. [... me]-es3#-lam# la2-a
 en: Your sacred space is a lapis pectoral(?) attached to the Meslam temple
18'. [... me]-es3#-lam
 en: Your prince is Erra, king/god of the Meslam temple
19'. [...] x
 en: ...
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  • 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, 0113

    [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 21:31:26 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. 016 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 7, 2024. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346198.
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 016 artifact entry (No. P346198). (2024, June 7). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346198 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 016 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346198 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346198},
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