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A New Piece of an Inanna/Dumuzi Lamentation

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CUNES 53-08-060 is a large piece of a three-column Old Babylonian tablet that contained all or part of a lamentation to Inanna or Dumuzi. The piece measures 83 × 136 × 30 mm and appears to be the bottom half of the original tablet, with the leftmost part of the tablet missing. The theme is Inanna's search for the battered and dying shepherd Dumuzi, who, in one unusually graphic passage, is depicted as a slaughtered bull: "His eyes (blankly) stare straight in front of him; a ḫaluppu-tree is formed at (his) nose/mouth by the (spurting) blood; everything in his innards is broken up". The final literary section on the tablet seems to be a fitting conclusion to Inanna's search for Dumuzi, which suggests that this was the conclusion to the entire composition.

Keywords: CUNES 53-08-060; Dumuzi; Inanna; lamentation; Old Babylonian tablet



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