Valdosta Six - Umma, Ibbi-Suen, Year 2, Month 8

FRONT Translations by line
1(diš) tug2 gu2-na One "neck" garment
ki i3-kal-la-ta from Ikala,
mu a-gu-še3 for/in place of Agu,
kišib3 a-a-kal-la the sealed tablet of Ayakala.
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iti e2-iti-6(diš) Month: "The six-month house" (8th month).
mu en dinanna unuki maš2-e i3-pa3 Year: "the en priest of Inanna of Uruk was chosen by extispicy" (Ibbi-Suen, year 2).
a-a-kal-la Ayakala,
dub-sar scribe,
dumu er2-dingir son of Er-dingir.

Valdosta Six

A typical record of temple offerings found at Jekha, bearing the imprint of the temple scribe's stone seal which was applied while the clay was still moist to make the alteration of the records impossible. The names of the scribe and his father, along with a seated figure of a deity and standing figures of priests, are found on the seal impression.

6.1. This document records the transfer of a garment from Ikala, presumably the well-known administrator in charge of textile production in Umma (Waetzoldt 1972: 101; Dahl 2003: 184), to a person named Ayakala on behalf of Agu (mu a-gu-še3). Although the date on this tablet falls within the tenure of Ayakala, the equally well-known governor of Umma, the Ayakala mentioned in this text is not the governor of Umma: the seal impression on the tablet clearly indicates that the Ayakala in our text is a-a-kal-la dumu er2-dingir, "Ayakala, the son of Er-dingir," whereas the governor of Umma was the son of Ur-nigar (a-a-kal-la dumu ur-nigargar).

6.2. While the Ayakala mentioned in this text is not otherwise attested in the textual record, the Er-dingir who is mentioned as his father is probably a gudu priest whose name appears in a number of documents, presumably er2-dingir dumu lugal-sa6-ga (see, for example, the seal impression of MVN 13, 190)—only one person with the name Er-dingir seems to be active in Umma at the time when this tablet was written, but further proof would be needed for a positive identification. Er-dingir is also mentioned in OLP 8, 24, 21, a list of the staff members and religious specialists at a number of institutions in Umma: Er-dingir is the last entry in a list of two dozen individuals who are described as gudu4 dšara2 ummaki, "gudu priests of the god Šara of Umma" (rev., col. iv, lines 33-34). Note as well that the seal impression mentioned above (see MVN 13, 190) describes Er-dingir's "occupation" as "servant of the god Šara" (ARAD2 dšara2), a fitting title for a member of her priesthood.

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