YOS 11, 5a

SEAL no. 7193

  • YBC 4616 (Yale Babylonian Collection)YBC 4616 (Yale Babylonian Collection)
  • YBC 4616 obv. (Yale Babylonian Collection)YBC 4616 obv. (Yale Babylonian Collection)
  • YBC 4616 rev. YBC 4616 rev. (Yale Babylonian Collection)YBC 4616 rev. (Yale Babylonian Collection)
  • Van Dijk 1985, 5 Van Dijk 1985, 5
  • Van Dijk 1985, 5 rev. lower partVan Dijk 1985, 5 rev. lower part
Copy / Photo
Tablet Siglum
YBC 4616
Yale Babylonian Collection, New Haven
Genre / Classification
Incantations, worm (leeches)

CDLI No. P274696.

Coll. Farber, YOS 11, p. 61.

First photo Klaus Wagensonner.


1         dA-nu ir-ḫi-a-am ša-me-e ša-mu-ú er-ṣe-tam ul-d[u-n]im

2         er-ṣe-tum ú-li-id bu-ša-am bu-šum ú-li-id lu-ḫu-ma-a-am

3         lu-ḫu-mu-um ú-li-id zu!-ba! zu!-u[b]-bu ú-li-id tu-ul-tam

4         tu-ul-tum mārat(DUMU!.SAL!) dGu-la lu-ul-lu-um-tam lu-ub-bu-ša-at da-mi ḫa-ab-ra-at

5         a-ak?⌉-[ki?]-lu da-mi ṣe-eḫ-ri-im ú-pé-el-li-a-am i-ni-i-šu

6         id-⌈di ši-ip-tam dDa-mu ù dGu-la⌉ ú-ni-ra tu-ul-tam⌉ [e?-bi?]-tam?⌉/ iṭ-bu-uḫ-šu-⌈nu-ti⌉ a-na ṣ[e?]-eḫ?!-r[i?-im?]

7         ip-te pí-i-šu iṣ-ṣa-bat tu-la-a-am iš-ši-i-ma i-ni-šu i-[ni?-iq?]

8         ši-ip-tum ú-ul ia-a-tum ši-pa-at dDa-mu ù dGu-la dD[a-m]u [i]d-di-ma a-na-ku el-qé 


1         Anu begot the sky, the sky bore the earth,

2         The earth bore the stench, the stench bore the mud,

3         The mud bore the fly, the fly bore the “worm”.

4         The “worm”, the daughter of Gula, is clad in a l.-garment, thick with blood,

5         The de[vour]er of the child’s blood is reddening his eyes.

6         Damu cast the incantation and Gula slew the [thi]ck “worm”, slaughtered them for the (sake of the) c[hil]d,

7         He opened his mouth, took the (mother’s) breast, raised his eyes, (began to) s[uck].

8         The incantation is not mine, (it is) the incantation of Damu and Gula. Damu cast (it) and I took (it). 

Word Translation Semantic Line
ākilum devourer, that eats Human activities/actions [5]
Anum DN Deities/Divine sphere 1
bu'šum, būšum stench Qualities/Attributes 2
Damu DN Deities/Divine sphere 6, 8
dāmum blood Body/Body parts 4, 5
enēqum (v.) G to suck 7
erṣetum (KI) earth, land, netherworld Nature/Cosmological phenomena 1, 2
Gula DN Deities/Divine sphere 4, 6, 8
ḫabārum II (v.) G to be thick, solid; transf. of command: is weighty, authoritative 4
labāšum (v.) G to clothe, put on; D to clothe 4
leqûm (v.) G to take, take over; Š caus. of G 8
luḫummûm silt, mud Materials 2, 3
lullumtum garment (for travel and battle) Fabricated objects 4
mārtum (DUMU.MUNUS) daughter, girl Kinship terms 4
nadûm III (v.) G to throw down, lay down; N to be rejected 6, 8
našûm (v.) G to lift, carry Materials 7
nêrum (v.) G to strike, kill; D strike, smite, slay 6
petûm II (v.) G to open, expose 7
pûm I (KA) mouth, statement, command, opening Body/Body parts 7
reḫûm (v.) G to pour out, have sexual intercourse 1
ṣeḫrum I ((LÚ).TUR) little, young, junior-; small, child, servant, baby Qualities/Attributes,Social status/Groups/Professions 5, [6]
ṭabāḫum (v.) G to slaughter 6
tûltum worm, leech Fauna (wild) 3, 4, 6
tulûm breast Body/Body parts 7
walādum (v.) G to give birth 1, 2, 3
zubbum fly Fauna (wild) 3
Revision History
Wagschal, Avigail
Transliteration, indices
Wasserman, Nathan
Translation, commentrary
Bo, Zhang
Meltzer, Keren
Wasserman, Nathan
Zilberg, Peter
Indexing verbal forms
Oh, Malli
Oh, Malli
Streck, Michael P.
Images, catalogue
Zomer, Elyze
Streck, Michael P.
Image, catalogue