TIM 9, 49

SEAL no. 1555

Tablet Siglum
IM 51345
Measurements
circumference
7.0x4.4x2.5
Collection
Iraq Museum, Baghdad
Edition
Genre / Classification
Epics, Etana?
Provenance
Šaduppûm (mod. Tell Ḥarmal)
Notes

On the possibility that the fragment belongs to a lost episode of the Old Babylonian legend of Etana, see Kinnier Wilson 1985, 11. But cf. Saporetti 1990, 127: “Appartiene al ciclo di Etana secondo Kinnier Wilson... Non vedo ragioni sufficienti per intenderlo tale, né per intitolarlo The Eagle prays to Ishtar as he and Etana fall from Heaven.” Content and context of the few remaining lines are largely obscure.

According to unofficial digging records the tablet was found in HL 2-485 R. 161 L II (Sq. 7G). 

Text

1       [...] ⌈x⌉-ku-ur ì-lí dIštar⌉(⌈INANNA⌉)-ma be-[le-et(?) ...]

2       [...] ⌈x⌉ pé-ti na-ag-bi-im mu-né-e-ru [...]⌈x⌉-ši?

3       [...t]i-im i-né-er-šu-nu-ti i-na ša-ap-li(?)⌉-[ti]

4       [... ... ...] ⌈x x⌉-am-bi na-ag-bi-im {x x}

5       [... ...]-ru-um mu-za-ap-ru-um ze-er[mu?-t]i-im

6       [... ... ...] x qí-iš-ti-im [... ]

7       [... ... ...] x x x [... ]

(Rest fragmentary)

Translation

1       [...] ... of the gods and Ištar, mist[ress(?) ...]

2       [...] ... who opens the deep waters, strikes ...

3       [...] ... he has struck them from the depths...

4       [...] ... of underground water...

5       [...] ... malicious, seed of [de]ath(?).

6       [...] ... forest [...]

7       [...] ... [...]

Vocabulary
Word Translation Semantic Line
Ištar DN Deities/Divine sphere [1]
nagabbum, nagbum I underground water; the whole, entirety Nature/Cosmological phenomena 2,4
qištum (GIŠ.TIR) forest, wood Flora,Nature/Cosmological phenomena 6
Revision History
Streck, Michael P.
Commentary
Hess, Christian W.
Transliteration, translation, commentary