CDLI Literary 000347, ex. 070 (P346502)

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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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 (ETCSL 1.04.03 Dumuzi’s Dream (witness) Dumuzi's Dream)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
column 1
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1'. [...] ug5#-ge#-[...]
 en: If ... has not known the time I will die
2'. [...] ama#-gu10-gin7# [...]
 en: Plain, you would know the (appropriate word) and speak(it) like my mother (would)
3'. nin9# banda3#{+da#}-gu10-gin7# [...]
 en: So that ... would weep for me like my little sister
4'. ul u4 ba-nu2# x ul-e ba-nu2# [...]
 en: He laid down in that distant time(?), he laid down in that distant time(?), the shepherd(!?) laid down in that distant time(?)
5'. sipa ul-e# ba-nu2-gin7# [...]
 en: When(?) the shepherd laid down in that distant time(?), he laid down in order to dream/in a dream(?)
6'. i#-im-zi ma-mu2-da i-im#-[...]
 en: He arose, it was a dream, he shivered, it was deep sleep
7'. [...]-ni szu bi2-in-kinx(UR4) nig2-me-gar# [...]
 en: He sought his face with his hands, (his) silent stupor was (causing a feeling of) empt(iness)(?)
8'. tum2#-mu-un-ze2-en tum2-mu-un#-[ze2-en] nin9-gu10 tum2-mu-un#-[...]
 en: Bring her, bring her, bring my sister
9'. [{d}]gesztin#-an-na-gu10# tum2-mu-un-ze2-[en] nin9#-gu10 tum2-mu-un-[...]
 en: Bring my Geštinanna, bring my sister
10'. [...] x en3#?-du zu-gu10 tum2-mu-un-ze2#-[en] nin9#-gu10 tum2-mu-un-ze2#-[en]
 en: Bring my singer who knows endu songs(?), bring my sister
11'. [... en3]-du zu-gu10 tum2-mu-un-ze2#-[en ...] tum2-mu-un#-[ze2-en]
 en: Bring my singer who knows endu songs, bring my sister
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12'. [ma]-mu2# [...]
 en: So that I may reveal the dream for her
13'. ma-mu2-da nin9-[...]
 en: In the dream, my sister, in the dream, (these are) the contents of my dream
14'. {u2}numun2 ma-ra-zi#-[...]
 en: Rushes were rising for me, rushes were growing for me
15'. gi dili du3-e sag [...]
 en: A reed planted alone was shaking its head at me
16'. gi didli du3-e dili ma-x-[...]
 en: Several reeds planted (together) split apart for me
17'. {gesz}tir-ra gesz an-gin7# ni2#-[...]
 en: In the forest, a tree has raised itself for me (as high) as heaven
18'. ne-mur ku3-gu10 a mu-da-an#-[...]
 en: ... poured water among my pure coals
19'. {dug#}szakir3 ku3-gu10 du5-bi ba-ra#-[...]
 en: ... opened/removed(?)/broke to bits the chamber(?) of my pure churn
20'. {gesz}an-za-am# ku3-gu10 {gesz}gag-[...] {gesz}gag-ta ba-ra#-[...]
 en: My holy anzam vessel, which had been hanging from a peg, was torn off from the peg
21'. {gesz}ma-nu-gu10 u2-gu mu-da#-[...]
 en: ... made my (stick of) manu wood disappear
22'. {d}nin-SIG7-AMA{muszen}-ta-e ga2-udu-[...] sila4 szu ba-ni-ib-ti-[...]
 en: A ninninata bird of prey took a lamb at the sheep hut
23'. [...]-du3#{muszen}-e {gi}dub-ba-an-na-ka# buru5#{muszen} szu ba-ni-ib-ti-[...]
 en: A falcon took a small bird at the reed fence
24'. [...] i3-dur2-dur2 ga# nu-un-[...]
 en: Churns were sitting idle, one no longer poured milk (from them)
25'. [{gesz}an-za]-am# i3-dur2-dur2 {d#}dumu#-zi# [nu]-ti#-[...] amasz lil2#-[...]
 en: The anzam containers were sitting idle, Dumuzid was no longer dwelling there/alive(?), the sheepfold had been made into an empty wind
26'. [...]-da-gu10 [...] sahar#-ra ma#-[...]
 en: My goat buck was swishing its lapis beard in the dirt
27'. [...]-gu10# a2# [...]
 en: My ram was scratching the ground with their thick/curved(?) horns
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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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  • This artifact is composed of fragments.
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 1.04.03 Dumuzi’s Dream (witness) Dumuzi's Dream)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • N.d. [Gadd, Cyril J. & Shaffer, Aaron, UET 6 (1963, 1966, 2006) 0464 + 0465 (1438786)]

    history


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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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This artifact is a witness to the following composite(s):

Composite Score
CDLI Literary 000347 (Dumuzi's Dream) composite (P469528) View the score

General Notes: -
CDLI Notes:

join noted by Shaffer UET 6/3, 012join noted by Shaffer UET 6/3, 012

Cite this Artifact

“CDLI Literary 000347, Ex. 070 Artifact Entry.” 2006. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). November 2, 2006. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346502.

CDLI Literary 000347, ex. 070 artifact entry (No. P346502). (2006, November 2). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346502

CDLI Literary 000347, ex. 070 artifact entry (2006) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346502 (Accessed: February 6, 2023).

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  • howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346502},
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