CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 012 (P346295)

Wisdom or proverb 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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Museum Collection(s)

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 > Wisdom or proverb (ETCSL 6.01.05 Proverbs Collection 05 (witness) Proverbs Collection 5)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
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1. ur-mah-e ud5 hu-na mu-ni-dab5
 en: The lion seized the she-goat in (its) weakness(?)
2. szu# ba-am3 u8 tab-ba-gu10 gur4-ra
3. [ga]-mu-ra-ab-szum2
 en: (Who said) “Release (me), and I shall give my thick(er) companion ewe to you”
4. tukumbi# szu mu-un-szi-bar-re-en
 en: (The lion said) “If I release you towards her(?), tell me your name”
5. [...] du11-ma-ab ud5-e ur-mah-e
6. [...]-ib-gi4-gi4 za-e mu-gu10 nu-zu
 en: The she-goat was answering the lion “You have not known my name?”
7. [...]-ak# mu-gu10 u4 e2-tur3-ra-sze3 i3#-[...]
 en: "I can be intelligent” (is) my name!” When (the lion) went to the pen
8. [...]-na#?-gu10 gu3 mu-na-de2-e#
 en: He was shouting to her “my(?) ...”
9. [...] gu3#? ri-a mu-na-ni-ib-gi4#-[...]
 en: She was answering him from afar
10. [...] udu# hi-a nu-dur2-ru-na e-[sze]
 en: "I have been intelligent! Instead of sheep(?), nothing dwells (here)!”
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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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  • history: Alster Proverbs, Proverbs 119 L

    [AlsterProverbs1997] Alster, Bendt. 1997. Proverbs of Ancient Sumer: The World’s Earliest Proverb Collection.

  • history: UET 6, 0212

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

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 17207.137b
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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
2019-06-12 at 10:30:17 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI 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
“CDLI Literary 000799, Ex. 012 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346295.
CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 012 artifact entry (No. P346295). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346295 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 012 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346295 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346295},
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