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Primary publication: RIME 3/1.01.07, St C composite
Author: Edzard, Dietz Otto
Publication date: 1997
Secondary publication(s): Steible, FAOS 9/1, p. 180-84, 9/2, p. 38-42, Gudea Statue C [1991]
Citation: Johansen, Mesopotamia 6, pp. 8-9, pls. 5-8 [1978]; Colbow, Rundplastik, pp. 124-25 [1987]; Braun-Holzinger, HSAO 3, p. 263, St 109 [1991]; Suter, CM 17, p. 329 [2000]
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CDLI no.: P431885
UCLA Library ARK 21198/zz002fn89h
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Catalogue: 20120918 cdliadmin
Transliteration: Foxvog, Daniel A.
Translation: Foxvog, Daniel A.
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Genre: Royal/Monumental
Sub-genre: composite
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Composite no.: Q001542
Language: Sumerian
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Object type: other (see object remarks)
Material: composite
Object remarks: composite text
Measurements (mm): x x
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Provenience: Girsu (mod. Tello)
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Period: Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
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Date of Origin: Gudea.00.00.00
Dates referenced: Gudea.00.00.00
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surface a
1. {d}nin-gesz-zi-da
#tr.en: NingeŇ°zida
2. dingir gu3-de2-a
#tr.en: is the (personal) god of Gudea,
3. ensi2
#tr.en: the ruler
4. lagasz{ki}
#tr.en: of Lagash,
5. lu2 e2-an-na
#tr.en: the man by whom the Eanna (temple)
6. in-du3-a-kam
#tr.en: was built.
7. {d}inanna
#tr.en: For Inana,
8. nin kur-kur-ra
#tr.en: the mistress of all the lands,
9. nin-a-ni
#tr.en: his mistress,
10. gu3-de2-a
#tr.en: Gudea,
11. mu gil-sa
#tr.en: he of lasting fame,
12. ensi2
#tr.en: the ruler
13. lagasz{ki}
#tr.en: of Lagash,
14. lu2 e2-ninnu
#tr.en: the man by whom the Eninnu
15. {d}nin-gir2-su-ka
#tr.en: of Ningirsu
16. in-du3-a
#tr.en: was built-
17. u4 {d}inanna-ke4
#tr.en: when Inana
18. igi nam-ti-ka-ni
#tr.en: her eye of life
19. mu-szi-bar-ra-a
#tr.en: she had sent out towards him,
20. gu3-de2-a
#tr.en: Gudea,
21. ensi2
#tr.en: the ruler
22. lagasz{ki}
#tr.en: of Lagash,
23. gesztu2 dagal-a-kam
#tr.en: being of broad intelligence
24. ARAD2 nin-a-ne2
#tr.en: and a slave by his mistress
25. ki-ag2-am3
#tr.en: beloved,
26. ga2 u3-szub-ba-ka
#tr.en: in the shed of the brick mold
27. gesz ba-hur
#tr.en: he made the design,
28. ka-al-ka
#tr.en: and by the excavation
29. uri3 ba-mul
#tr.en: he made the standards gleam.
30. im-bi ki dadag-ga-a
#tr.en: The clay for it on a pure place
31. im-mi-lu
#tr.en: he mixed together,
32. sig4-bi
#tr.en: and the bricks for it
33. ki sikil-a
#tr.en: onto a clean place
34. im-mi-du8
#tr.en: he let fall out.
35. usz-bi mu-ku3
#tr.en: Its foundation plot he sanctified
36. izi im-ta-la2
#tr.en: and refined with fire.
37. temen-bi
#tr.en: Its foundation pegs
38. i3 ir nun-ka
#tr.en: with oil of princely scent
39. szu tag ba-ni-du11
#tr.en: he adorned.
40. e2 ki-ag2-ga2-ni
#tr.en: Her beloved temple,
41. e2-an-na sza3 gir2-su{ki}-ka
#tr.en: the Eanna, in the center of Girsu
42. mu-na-ni-du3
#tr.en: he built for her.
43. kur ma2-gan{ki}-ta
#tr.en: From the mountains of Magan
44. {na4}esi im-ta-e11
#tr.en: he brought down diorite
45. alan-na-ni-sze3
#tr.en: and into (this) his stone figure
46. mu-du2
#tr.en: he formed it.
47. gu3-de2-a
#tr.en: Gudea,
48. lu2 e2 du3-a-ka
#tr.en: the temple builder,
49. nam-ti-la-ni he2-su3
#tr.en: may his life be long!
50. mu-sze3 mu-na-sa4
#tr.en: he named it for her,
51. e2-an-na-ka
#tr.en: and into the Eanna
52. mu-na-ni-kux(KWU634)
#tr.en: he had it brought to her.
53. lu2 e2-an-na-ta
#tr.en: A person who from the Eanna
54. ib2-ta-ab-e3-e3-a
#tr.en: shall remove it,
55. ib2-ze-re-a
#tr.en: or who shall destroy it,
56. mu-sar-a-ba szu bi2-ib2-ur3-a
#tr.en: or erase its inscription,
57. {d}inanna
#tr.en: Inana,
58. nin kur-kur-ra-ke4
#tr.en: the mistress of all the lands,
59. sag-ga2-ni ukken-na
#tr.en: his head in the assembly
60. nam he2-ma-ku5-e
#tr.en: may she curse.
61. {gesz}gu-za gub-ba-na
#tr.en: The throne that he has erected,
62. suhusz-bi
#tr.en: its foundations
63. na-an-gi-ne2
#tr.en: may she not keep secure.
64. numun-a-ni he2-til
#tr.en: May she make his seed come to an end
65. bala-a-ni he2-ku5
#tr.en: and cut short his reign.