• SAA 10 263




  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Kuyunjik (Nineveh)
  • Scholarly Letter
  • from exorcists


LAS 031; SAA 10, 001

SAA 10 263. Burying Apotropaic Figures (ABL 0022) [from exorcists] [via SAAO/SAA10]

o 1o 1

a-na LUGAL EN-ía

(1) To the king, my lord: your servant Marduk-šakin-šumi. Good health to the king, my lord! May [Nabû] and Marduk bless the king, my lord!

o 22


o 33

lu⸣-u DI-mu a-na LUGAL EN-ía

o 44

[dPA] u dAMAR.UTU a-na LUGAL EN-ía

o 55

lik*-ru*⸣-bu ina UGU tim*-ra*-a-ni

(5) Concerning the prophylactic figurines about which the king, my lord, wrote to me, "Where will they be buried?" it is said in the (ritual) tablet as follows: "You bury them at the outer gate." Now, with the king's permission, [......]

o 66

ša* LUGAL* be*- *-pur-an-ni

o 77

ma*-[a a].a*-ka* i-tam-me-ru

o 88

ina* ṭup*-pi* ki*⸣-i* an-ni-i qa-bi

o 99

ma*-a* ina* *.DIL*⸣.ÀM* te-te-⸢mir

o 1010

ú*⸣-ma*-a* šum*-[mu] LUGAL i-qab-bi

o 1111

[x x] x x x x x

(11) (Break)

o 1212

[x x x x x x]+⸢x

o 1313

[x x x x x x]+⸢x

o 1414

[x x x x x x]+⸢x

b.e. 15b.e. 15

[x x x x x]+⸢x

b.e. 1616

[x x x x]+⸢x⸣-u-ni

r 1r 1

[x x x x x x]-ru

r 22

ù* ina o* ši*⸣-a-ri

(r 2) Also tomorrow, after the king has gone out, they should bury them in front of the main room and the bedrooms, in places to be additionally specified by the king. Daytime or nighttime makes no difference; one may bury whenever one likes.

r 33

[ki]-ma LUGAL be-

r 44

[a]-na qa-an-ni* it-tu-ṣi

r 55

ina IGI É dan-ni

r 66


r 77

É LUGAL is-se-niš

r 88


r 99

lit-me-ru ša kalUD-me

r 1010

ša MI la pa-ris

r 1111

imma-ti ša ŠÀ-ba-šú-u-ni

r 1212


r 1313

ki-i an-ni-i

(r 13) I, for my part, will bury (figurines) in the said way here.

r 1414

ana*-ku an-na-ka

r 1515


Adapted from Simo Parpola, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars (State Archives of Assyria, 10), 1993. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2016, as part of the research programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at LMU Munich (Karen Radner, Humboldt Professorship 2015). The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as