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CDLI Literary 000343, ex. 032
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Primary publicationCDLI Literary 000343, ex. 032
Author(s)CDLI
Publication date2014ff.
Secondary publication(s)Gadd, Cyril J. & Shaffer, Aaron, UET 6 (1963, 1966, 2006) 0008
CollectionBritish Museum, London, UK
Museum no.BM —
Accession no.
ProvenienceUr (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
Excavation no.U —
PeriodOld Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
Dates referenced
Object typetablet
Remarks
Materialclay
LanguageSumerian
GenreLiterary
Sub-genreETCSL 1.04.01 Inanna's Descent (witness)
CDLI comments
Catalogue source20061205 cdliadmin_veldhuis
ATF sourceBrumfield, Sara; Heinle, Michael; Wolfe, Jared; Peterson, Jeremiah
TranslationPeterson, Jeremiah
UCLA Library ARK21198/zz00205mrd
Composite no.Q000343
Seal no.
CDLI no.P346093

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column 1'
1. [...]-du3
en: ...
2. [...] x-SI?
en: ...
3. [...] bi2#-in-ra
en: At that time, Ereškigal slapped her thigh
4. [...]-x sza3-sze3 ba-an-gid2
en: She bit her lip and considered the news
5. [...] gu3# mu-na-de2?-e#
en: She was speaking to Biti, her chief gatekeeper
6. [... {d}bi2]-ti# i3-du8 gal-gu10
en: Come, Biti, my chief gatekeeper
7. [...]-gu10#-usz gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)-zu
en: Pay attention to what I have said to you
8. [...] he2-eb2?-ta-an#-ur3
en: She(?) shall drag the bolts of the seven gates of the netherworld from (their lock?)
9. [...]-bi? [...]-us2#?
en: She(?) shall push the single door of the palace of Ganzer push (open)
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column 2'
1. kusz sil2-sil2#?-la#?-ni lu2 ma#-[...]
en: The man took away her split apart skin(?)
2. ta-am3 [...]
en: What (is going on/is this/he (doing))(?)?
3. si-a {d}inanna me kur-ra-ke4# szu#? [...]
en: Be satisfied, Inanna! This is the rite of the netherworld that is being completed
4. {d}inanna garza kur-ra-ke4 ka#?-[...]-ba#?-e#
en: Inanna! This is the procedure of the netherworld, you should not speak aloud
5. gurum-gurum-ma-a-ni im-ma-da-an-x-x-e
en: When she bent down/died, ... her
6. nin9-a-ni {gesz}gu-za-ni-ta im-ma-da-an-zi
en: Her sister raised her up from her throne
7. e-ne {gesz}gu-za-ni-ta dur2 im-mi-in-gar
en: She sat down apart from her throne
8. {d}a-nun-na di-ku5 imin-bi di mu-na-ku5-de3
en: The seven judges of the Anuna were judging her
9. inim-ne-ne# lipisz gig-ga-am3
en: Their decision(?) was one of embittered anger
10. gu3# bi2-in-x-x# lipisz gig-ga-am3
en: ..., it was embittered anger
11. [...]-ni-in-ra uzu nig2 sag3-ga-sze3 ba-an-ku4
en: ... struck her and turned her into a smitten piece of meat
12. [...]-ta igi-ni lu2 mu-un-da-la2
en: The man hung her face/front(?) from(!) a crossbeam(?)
13. mu# imin iti imin u4 imin ba-zal-la-ta
en: After seven years, seven months, and seven days elapsed
14. sukkal#-a-ni {d}nin-szubur-ra inim nin-a-na gesztu2 ba-szi-in-gub
en: Her vizier Ninšubur paid attention to the word of her lady
15. [er2] du6#!?-du6-dam mu-un-na-gar-gar
en: She repeatedly made “the lament of ruin heaps” for her
16. [...] gu2#?-en-na mu-un-na-du12
en: She played the šem drum of the assembly/throne room for her
17. [...]-re#-e#-ne mu-na-nigin#
en: She circled the temples of the gods for her
18. [...]-un#-hur giri17-ni mu-un-hur
en: She scratched her face, she scratched her nose
19. [...] x-esz hasz4 gal-a-ni mu-un-hur
en: The place unseen (when) with a man, she scratched her (inner) thigh
20. [...] x-ra#?-a-na#? x [...]
en: ...
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column 1
beginning broken
1'. [...]-x
en: ...
2'. [...]-x
en: ...
3'. [...]-gal2#?
en: Her fingernails were lodged (in her flesh)(?) like lubi axes/agricultural implements
4'. [...]-ga2#?-na# [...]-x-gur5
en: She trimmedthe hair on her head like leeks
5'. [...]-a-ni
en: When she says “alas, my (heart/liver)”
6'. [...]-zu# mu-na-an-esz
en: They said to her “you are weary, our lady (is the reason for?) your 'alas, (my) liver'"(?)
7'. [...]-ze2-en
en: Who are you?
8'. [...]-ta bar-gu10 [...]-x-be2-en#-ze2-en
en: From my heart to your heart, from my liver(?) to your liver(?), ...
9'. [...]-ze2#?-en inim# ga-mu-ri-ib-<<x>>-du11
en: If you are a god, I shall speak to you(?)
10'. [...]-en-ze2-en nam ga-mu-ri-ib-tar
en: If you are human, I shall decree a fate (of death) for you
11'. [...] ki mu-ni-in-pa3-de3
en: They swore by the life of heaven and earth (that they were gods)
12'. [...]-x-DU-de3-de3-esz
en: ... were to go/bring out/up(?)
13'. [...]-ba# mu-ne-ba-e szu nu-um-ma-gid2-de3
en: Water of the river was offered to them but not accepted
14'. [...]-ba# mu-ne-ba-e szu nu-um-ma-gid2-de3
en: Barley of the field was offered to them but not accepted
15'. [...] nig2 sag3-ga gesz-dal-ta <<ri>> la2-a szum2-me-eb in-na-an-ne-esz
en: They were saying to her “give us the beaten meat hanging from the beam”
16'. [...] uzu# nig2 sag3-ga nig2 ga-sza-an-ne-ne-kam
en: ... the meat that was beaten was that of their(!) lady
17'. [nig2] lugal#?-me he2?-a? nig2 nin-me he2-me-a szum2-me-eb in-na-ne-esz
en: They were saying “give it, whether it pertains to our king or our lady”
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