CDLI Literary 000751, ex. 066 (P346201)

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 4.80.02 Kesh Temple Hymn ('Decad no. 06') (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
1. [...] ku3# dab-be2 e2 nun
 en: Temple (into which) the pure(?) pass, noble temple
2. [...] kesz3{ki} ku3 dab-be2 e2 nun
 en: Temple of Keš, (into which) the pure(?) pass, noble temple
3. [e2]-e# x-bi#? {d}a-nun-na-me-esz
 en: The temple, its en priests(!?) are the Anuna gods(!)
4. nu-esz3-[...] x e2-an-na-me-esz
 en: Its nueš priests are the pillars/bonds of the Eanna temple
5. e2-e lugal# bur3#?-ra am3-mi-in-DU
 en: At the temple the king stood/set up/brought/poured? ... at/among/in the stone bowls(?)
6. en-szar2 sza3 {tug2}ba13# am3-mi-in-la2
 en: The enšar priests (somehow a reflex of the primordial/ancestral deity Enšar?) wore the ba garment
7. a-tu-e szibir szu bi2-in-du7#
 en: The atu priest held(?) the sceptre
8. tu a KIN-a am3-mi-in#-[...]
 en: The tu priest brought/poured the “gathered(?) waters”
9. lal3 e2 ku3-ga am3#-mi#-[...]
 en: The lalšaga(?) priest dwelled in the pure temple
10. |EN.SIG7.PAP.NUN| [...] KA#? ku3 am3#-x-[...]
 en: The pure enkum priests were there(?) ...
11. pa4-szesz-e-ne si mu-un#-x-[...]
 en: The pašeš priests set ... in order(?)
12. uru16-uru16 mu-un-ni-ib-be2#-[...]
 en: They were saying “uru'uru”
13. si am-ke4-esz gum2-gum2 mi#-[...]
 en: In the manner of(?) a wild bull's horn ... blared
14. {gesz}al-gar-sur-ra suh3-sah4# [...]
 en: The algarsura instrument rang
15. tigi# nig2-du10-ge si ha-ba#-[...]
 en: The good tigi drum/song was (played) properly
16. [...] al#-du10 giri17-zal#-[bi ...]
 en: The temple is good, its joy is good
17. [...] x [...]
 en: ...
  rest broken
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...]{ki#}-gin7# rib#-ba# lu2# [...]
 en: Will anyone produce anything as surpassing as Keš?
2'. [ur]-sag-bi {d}{asz}asz7-gi4#-[gin7 ...] ama szi-in-ga-[...]
 en: Has any mother given birth to anything as surpassing as its hero Ašgi?
3'. nin#-bi! {d}nin-tur5-gin7 rib-ba#-[ra] a-ba igi mu-ni-in#-[...]
 en: Who has seen anything as surpassing as its lady Nintur?
  double ruling
4'. e2 7(disz)-kam-[...]
 en: It is the 7th temple
5'. iri{ki}-sze3 iri{ki}-sze3# lu2# te na#?-[...]
 en: To the city, to the city, the one who approaches should not approach
6'. e2 kesz3{ki} iri#{ki#}-[sze3 ...]
 en: To the temple of Keš, to the city, the one who approaches should not approach
7'. nin-bi {d}nin-tur5-sze3 lu2# te# [...]
 en: To its lady Nintur, the one who approaches should not approach
8'. ur-sag-bi {d}{asz}asz7-gi4#-sze3 lu2# [...]
 en: To its hero Ašgi, the one who approaches should not approach
9'. kesz3{ki} du3-a {d}{asz}asz7-gi4 [...]
 en: The builder of Keš, Ašgi, praise!
10'. kesz3{ki} mi2 du11-ga ama {d}nin-tur5# [...]
 en: The one who takes care of Keš, mother Nintur, praise!
  blank space

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  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 4.80.02 Kesh Temple Hymn ('Decad no. 06') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0116 + 0602

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

  • history: Gragg, TCS 3, 166

    [Gragg1969TCS3] Gragg, Gene. 1969. The Keš Temple Hymn. The Collection of the Sumerian Temple Hymns. Vol. 3. Texts from Cuneiform Sources.

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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
2024-06-07 at 10:28:23 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-06-07 at 10:16:35 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-06-07 at 10:13:14 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 21:37:28 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 000751 (Kesh Temple Hymn) composite (P464240) View the score

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CDLI Notes:

P346201 leadP346201 lead

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000751, Ex. 066 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 7, 2024. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346201.
CDLI Literary 000751, ex. 066 artifact entry (No. P346201). (2024, June 7). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346201 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000751, ex. 066 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346201 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	year = {2024},
	month = {jun 7},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000751, ex. 066 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346201},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346201},
}

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