UET 6, 0149 (P346234)

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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Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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  beginning broken
1'. [...] x ki tag-tag [...]
 en: They are sparrows, witches that lay witchcraft (like eggs)
2'. ki-sikil-ra# szu# mu-un-duh-[...]
 en: For the young woman, they bind(?) the hands of the young woman
3'. nita#-ra [a2] mu-un-la2-e-ne#
 en: For the male, they tie up the arms
4'. lu2-lu7 nig2-ak#? im-mi-in-ke4-ke4-ne
 en: They perform magic (against) the man
5'. u2-e na-an-de6 lu2 ba-an-gu7-e
 en: (One of them) brought(?) ... onto(?) the food(?), and the man eats it
6'. mu7#?-mu7 bi2-in-tum3#? a lu2 ba-an-nag!(|KAxDISZ|)
 en: (One of them) brought murmuring (into a beverage)(!?), and the man drank it
7'. {d}utu an-na-sze3 a im-ma-an-ze2#?-en
 en: I/You(!?) raise water to Utu of heaven
8'. {i7}idigna a ka# gal2 tak4-a-bi
 en: Water of(!?) the Tigris, whose intake is open
9'. a inim bi2-in-da-dab#?
 en: (One of them) passed a word(?) through the water(?)
10'. zi3 sze-musz nig2-gig gidim-ma!?
 en: šemuš flour, set apart for the ghost
11'. zi3 sze gib-be2 nig2-gig dingir-re-e-ne
 en: Wheat flour, set apart for the gods
12'. {sze}in-nu-HA usz7# bur2-da-am3
 en: innuha barley, which will dispell witchcraft (take them and mix them together)
13'. lu2-lu7 pa4-hal-la kesz2-da-a-ni he2-duh
 en: (For?) the afflicted man, may his/her bonds be loosened
14'. sza3 {gi}pisan-gin7 kesz2-da-ni he2-duh
 en: May her bonds, like the contents of a bisag basket, be loosened
15'. a-e3-gin7 u4 he2-si-il-si-le
 en: As if (subjected to) gushing water, may the food(?) be torn apart
16'. [{i7}]idigna-gin7 gu3 nun-bi he2-em-de2#?
 en: Like the Tigris river, may she bellow loudly
17'. [...]-gin7# x TUG2? HI-ta he2-em-e3#
 en: Like ..., may it go out from ...
18'. [...] gal2#? szu x x# la2 x
 en: ...
19'. [...] zu2?-kesz2#-bi x [...]
 en: the bindings ...
20'. [...] x [...]
  beginning broken
1'. x-la#? x-bi#? NIG2 x [...]
 en: ...
2'. nam-erim2# x x x x x ku5#-da#
 en: Swearing(?) ...
3'. KU# a2 zi-da x lu2-ra bur2#-e
 en: ... of the right side ... unleashed upon the man
4'. KU#-a#? a zi-ga-gin7 lu2-ra szu tag#?-ga#!?
 en: ... like a flood touching/affecting the man
5'. nig2-ak nig2 igi du3-a-bi x x te#-ga2-x
 en: Magic, everything involving the face(!?), which approached(?) ...
6'. ME LU kalam-a dul4 a a-gar3# kur2#?-ra bi2-de2
 en: (Like) a ... covering(?) the land(?), (may it?) pour water onto another meadow
7'. nig2-ak er2 igi-zu#-a i3-gar-ra
 en: The magic that has put tears in your eyes
8'. udu-gin7 ha-ba-lug-ga buluh-gin7 ha-ba-si-il-le
 en: May it pasture like a sheep, may it belch (while ruminating?)
9'. lu2-lu7-ba a nam-iszib-e u3-me-szub
 en: After you cast the water of the art of the incantation priest on that man
10'. i3 nam-iszib-e um-me-te-tan2
 en: After you cleanse him with the oil of the incantation priest(?)
11'. lu2-lu7-bi u3-me-sikil u3-me-dadag-ge
 en: After you purify and cleanse that man
12'. {na4}bur i3-nun-gin7 u3-me-luh-luh
 en: After you clean him like a bowl (used for) ghee
13'. {na4}bur szagan-la2-gin7 szu mu-un-na-su13-su13
 en: (After you) scrub him like a flask(!?)
14'. {d}utu sag-kal dingir-re-e-ne szu-ni u3-me-dab
 en: After you pass his hand(!?) (towards?) Utu, the foremost of the gods
15'. zabar-gin7 szu dingir!-ra-na-a-ka he2-em-mi-szi-in-gi4-gi4
 en: Like a bronze (cup?) may he return him to the hand of his god
16'. dingir lu2-ba-ke4 sa6-ke4 me-tesz2-sze3 he2-e3
 en: May the good god of that man, the good one(?) be praised
17'. inim sa6 ka-ke4 pa e3 he2-ak-ke4
 en: May he make a good word manifest in (his) mouth/may (his) mouth make a good word(?) manifest(?)
18'. x x x x-ke4 si he2-em-sa2-sa2
 en: May ... set ... in order
19'. [...] x abzux(DE2)-ke4
 en: Asalluhi, child of the Abzu(?)
20'. [...] x

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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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  • primary: UET 6, 0149

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

  • history: Ludwig, LTU, 150–151

    [sec87770] N.d.

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  • Museum No.: BM —
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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
2023-07-05 at 14:39:36 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. 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

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Cite this Artifact
“UET 6, 0149 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). July 5, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234.
UET 6, 0149 artifact entry (No. P346234). (2023, July 5). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234 (Original work published 2006)
UET 6, 0149 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
	note = {[Online; accessed 2024-07-14]},
	year = {2023},
	month = {jul 5},
	title = {UET 6, 0149 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234},

DA  - 2023/7/5/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346234
LB  - CDLI:P346234
M1  - 2024/7/14/
TI  - UET 6, 0149 artifact entry
UR  - https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346234
ER  - 
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