TIM 9, 53

SEAL no. 1766

Copy / Photo
Tablet Siglum
IM 10863
Measurements
circumference
5.5x5x1.5
cm
Collection
Iraq Museum, Baghdad
Genre / Classification
Wisdom Literature, riddles
Provenance
Notes

CDLI no. 223394 (no edition).

Text

1       dimtum(AN.ZA.GÀR) a-li-a-at

2       a-li-a-at ù ṣillam(GIŠ.GI6)

3       ú-ul i-šu

4                 ša-ru-ur dUTU

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5       i-na pí-ka ù ši-na-ti-ka

6       ib-ta-li-iṣ-ka

7       SÌLA be-li-ka

8                          KAŠ!?       

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9       E/KAL BI li um?/GIŠ?-mi-ka

10     i-na na-⌈ḪI?⌉-ki?/di?-ma

11               pa/ú-am-tim-x     

12               [x] x x  ra

13     na-qí-ib-tum ú-ul i!?-r[i]

14     la na-qí-ib-tum i!?-ri

15               ILLAT (KASKAL.KUR)

16     i-namam i-pu-lam

17     ú-ul! NAM! mi-tim!

18     i-ki-sa-am GÚ! ÚŠ

19               GÌR.NÍTA!?

20     ki KU6 i-na PÚ!?

21     ki! Á.KAL i-na IGI LUGAL

22               gišRU TAR

Translation

1       The tower is high;

2–3   it is high, but nonetheless has no shade. (– What is it?)

4                 (Answer:) (It is because of) the sunlight.

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5       In(?) your mouth and your teeth (or: your urine)

6       constantly stared at you

7       the measuring vessel of your lord. (– What is it?)

8                 (Answer:) Beer(!?).       

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9       ... of your mother(?)

10     is by the one who has intercourse(?) (with her). (– What/who is it?)

11               (Answer:) ...

12     ...

13     The deflowered (girl) did not become pregnant(!?),

14     the not deflowered (girl) became pregnant(!?).(– What is it?)

15               (Answer:) Auxiliary forces(?).

16     He gouged out the ⌈eye⌉:

17     It is not the fate of a dead man.

18     He ⌈cut⌉ the throat: A dead man. (– Who is it?)

19               (Answer:) A governor(?).

20     Like a fish in a fish pond(?),

21     like troops before the king. (– What is it?)

22               (Answer:) A broken bow.

Vocabulary
Word Translation Semantic Line
dimtum I (AN.ZA.GÀR) tower Locations/Buildings 1
emūqum ((LÚ.)USU) strength, force Abstract concepts 21
nūnum (KU6) fish Fauna (wild) 20
pûm I (KA) mouth, statement, command, opening Body/Body parts 5
qûm II (SÌLA) measuring-vessel Abstract concepts 7
Šamaš, šamšum (dUtu) DN, sun Deities/Divine sphere 4
šarrum (LUGAL; EN) king, lord Social status/Groups/Professions 21
šarūrum brilliance, ray 4
šikarum (KAŠ; KEŠ) beer, ale Food/Drink 8
ṣillum (GIŠ.GI6=gissu) protection; shade, shadow Nature/Cosmological phenomena 2
šīnātum urine Body/Body parts 5
šinnum tooth Body/Body parts 5
tillatum (ILLAT) help; reinforcement Abstract concepts 15
tilpānum (GIŠ.GEŠPU) bow, throwing stick (?) Fabricated objects 22
ummum mother Kinship terms 9
Revision History
Wasserman, Nathan
Transliteration, translation, commentary
18/11/09
Streck, Michael P.
Transliteration, translation, commentary
18/11/09
Wasserman, Nathan
Web-formatting
19/11/09
Bo, Zhang
Web-indexing
08/01/10
Streck, Michael P.
12/01/12
Streck, Michael P.
Corrections
04/04/12