CDLI Literary 000567, ex. 001 (P346596)

Literary letter and letter-prayer 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 > Literary letter and letter-prayer (ETCSL 3.02.06 Letter from Sîn-iddinam to Ninisina (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
1. [... {d}nin-i3-si]-in#{ki}-na dumu# ki# ag2# an#-[...]
 en: When you speak to Ninisina, beloved child of supreme An, great lady
2. [...] x utu-e3-a na# de5# [...]
 en: Throne-bearer(?) of the place(?) where the sun rises, purifier of Arali(?)
3. [...]-x ki ag2# ur-sag x-x-[...]
 en: Beloved spouse of hero Pabilsag, supreme bride of the Ki'ur complex
4. [...]-du5#? mah an {d}en-lil2#-[...] x [...] x [...]
 en: Supreme land recorder of An and Enlil, who holds her head high among the ladies
5. nibru#{ki}-a dur-an-ki-ka me szar2#? szu# du7#-[...]
 en: Suited for the many(?) cosmic powers of the bond of the universe in Nibru
6. e2-gal-mah e2 nam-eresz-a-zu nam-mah-zu pa e3# [...]
 en: (In) the supreme palace, the temple of your queenship, your greatness is manifest
7. e2 <la>-ra-ak e2-nigar#?{gar#} TA e2-sa-ba-ad# e2-sa#?-x [...]
 en: The temple of(?) larak(!?), the Enigar... temple, the Esabad temple and the Esa... temple ...(?)
8.a. a#-zu# x tu6#-du11#-ga#-ni nam-ti-la mu7-mu7-a-ni tur5#-[...]
 en: ... physician, her incantation procedure is(?) life, (her) incantations/murmuring ... illness <to my lady, repeat(?)>
8.b. [ama kalam-ma arhusz szud3-de3 ki-ag2 a-ra-zu gesz-tuku]
 en: ...
8.c. [ama kalam-ma arhusz szud3-de3 ki-ag2 a-ra-zu gesz-tuku]
 en: ...
9-10. [... {d}]suen-i-din-nam lugal# larsa#[{ki}]-ma#?-[...] na-ab-be2-a#
 en: ... this is what Sîn-iddinam, the king of Larsa; your servant, says:
11. [u4 tu-da-mu]-ta# {d}utu-ra ux(|IGI.LAGABxU|)?-na-a-du11 nam-sipa# [...]
 en: Since the day I was born, after you have spoken to Utu (on my behalf), he gave me the shepherdship of his land
12. [...] x u3 du10? x x nam#?-x-ku-ku#-[...]
 en: ..., I do not sleep well(?) ...
13. [...]-ne#?-ra mah inim sa6#?-[...]
 en: When I was to greatly(?) flatter/pray to the great gods
14. [...]-gu10# NIG2-ba-ta ak nig2-nam# [...]
 en: My ..., ... apart from(?) the nindaba offering/nigba gift(?), I withheld(?) nothing
15. [{d}asal-lu2-hi lugal] babila2{ki} dumu {d}i7-lu2-ru-gu2 IM# [...]
 en: Asalluhi, king of Babylon, son of Ilurugu ...
16. [...]-gu10#-sze3 u4-szu2-usz-e sa2 si-ge# [...]
 en: Daily that city was plotting against my city
17. [...] larsa{ki}-ma ki hul-sze3 kikken2#
 en: Its king(?) was continually seeking after larsa malevolently(?)
18. [...] nu-me-en-na nindaba-bi# la-ba-an-x
 en: (As if?) I was not the shepherd of the land, the food offerings were not(?) ...
19. [...] ge6# ma-mu2 mu-da-gub-ba
 en: The youth, who stood near to me at night (in) a dream
20.a. [...] im-mi-gub igi husz#-bi ga2-e im-mi-zu?
 en: Stood at (my) head, I became aware of(?) its furious gaze
20.b. [{gesz}gisal i7-da tum3 tu6 hul-bi se3-ga]
 en: ...
20.c. [u4-bi-ta x-x-mu si nu-sa2 x-ni ba-ha-dab5-be2-en]
 en: ...
21. [...] ni2#-gu10 ba-ra-an-e3-a tur5-ra ba-an-dab5-be2#-[...]
 en: ... the one who drove out my aura seized me with illness(?)
22. [...]-zalag# gar-ra-am3 lu2 igi duh nu-mu-duh
 en: My illness, which established a darkness (that cannot be) illuminated, no one could see it
23. [... nu]-mu-un-duh {tug2}nig2-la2 nu-mu-sed4#-e
 en: No doctor could see (diagnose) it, no bandage could not cool it
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...] x x [...]
 en: ...
2'. [...] x x [...]
 en: ...
3'. [...] x x [...]
 en: ...
4'. buru5#?{muszen#} igi#? sur2#-du3#{muszen#}-[...]-ra#-gin7 zi#?-gu10#? [...]
 en: Like a small bird fleeing from before a falcon, I fight for my life
5'. ga2-e igi# nam#-tar#-ka# [...] x da ba-x-x [...]
 en: I, before the Namtar demon, ...
6'. ga2-e# szu# nam-tar-ka a-nir ga2-ga2 x x x [...]
 en: I, within the power of the Namtar demon, lamenting ...
7'. ab2 arhuszx(|E2xSAL|)-a-gin7 arhuszx(ExSAL)#? tuku-ma-ra#-ab#
 en: Have mercy, like a merciful cow
8'. x x x x x-gin7#? arhuszx(|E2xSAL|)#? tuku#-ma#-[ra]-ab
 en: Have mercy, like ...
9'. x x x-gu10# [...]-ab#
 en: My ..., have mercy(?)
10'. x x ka-tab-ba gesz-tuku PA KA nu-sze-ga x
 en: ...
11'. {d#?}da#?-mu#? x x [...] x x [...]
 en: Damu(?) ...
12'. x x x x [...] x x [...]
 en: ...
13'. [...] x x x [...] x [...]
 en: ...
14'. [...] x x [...] ga2#-x hu-mu#-[...]
 en: Asalluhi is the one who shall say “may he live” to me(!?)

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: UET 6, 0559

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

  • history: UET 8

    [Sollberger1965UET8] Sollberger, Edmond. 1965. Royal Inscriptions. Part II. Ur Excavations. Texts 8. London: The Trustees of the two Museums.

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-28 at 23:15:35 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Hafford, William B.; Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2023-05-31 at 17:52:12 Pagé-Perron, Émilie Artifact Pagé-Perron, Émilie Pagé-Perron, Émilie approved View
2019-06-11 at 16:04:01 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 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2016-07-30 at 13:12:32 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 000567, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346596.
CDLI Literary 000567, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346596). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346596 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000567, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346596 (Accessed: July 23, 2024).
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	month = {jun 28},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000567, ex. 001 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346596},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346596},
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