A balbale to Nanše (Nanše B)

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(gods in blue)

   Segment A

1-2. 2 lines fragmentary

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Segment B

1-12. A fish is held in her hand as a staff …….

Fishes are put on her feet as sandals …….

Fishes light up the interior of the sea like fires …….

Fishes play on instruments for her like (?) sur priests.

Fishes call out loudly for her like (?) oxen.

She has fish wrapped around her body as a regal garment.

The runner-fish (kaškaš) hastens (kaš) to her.

The gurgur fish makes the sea surge up (gurgur) for her.

The flash-fish (ĝir) makes the sea sparkle (ĝir) for her.

She heaps up fish spawn so that …… fish will grow for her in the sea.

Fishes fly around for her like swallows.

f490bc24768f3d0b7637245a26b854ba 1e - Nanshe, goddess of birds & fish  (Nanshe, goddess of Persian Gulf birds & fishes)

13-22. “I, the lady, will ride on my boat, I will ride home.

I will ride on the prow of the boat, I will ride home.”

Its canopy of gold and fragrant cedarwood sparkles for her on the sea.

Its cabin shines for her like rejoicing moonlight on the sea.

“My husband is the tax collector of the sea, Nindara is the tax collector of the sea.”

2 lines unclear

EGE13118  (Enki’s daughter Nanshe in charge of the birds & fishes)

23. A balbale of Nanše.”