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Citatio: M. Cammarosano (ed.), hethiter.net/: CTH 526.34 (INTR 2020-04-17)

Cult inventory

(CTH 526.34)

Textual tradition



KUB 51.33

Basis of the edition

The present edition is based on the photographs available at the Mainzer Photoarchiv of the Hethitologie Portal Mainz, as well as the available hand-copies and relevant secondary literature up to 2019. When the original manuscripts have been collated, this is noted in the commentary.


Previous editions: Hazenbos 2003: 91-93.

Collated (March 2020). Fragment of a thick tablet (max preserved thickness 53 mm); not particularly fine, yet compact clay, now of a yellowish color. This fragment is in a close relationship to KUB 55.14 (+) KUB 57.102, and was in all likelihood written by the same scribe (see commentary on KUB 55.14 (+) KUB 57.102 for discussion).

The occurrence of mount Paḫašunuwa (i 17′, partially restored, see commentary on obv. i 17′ and 23′) and possibly of the town Ḫašuna (i 23′, see commentary) suggest that the geographical setting of the inventory concerns the local cluster of Zippalanda (see for these toponyms Kryszeń 2016: 276-78), and this hypothesis is strongly supported by the relation to KUB 55.14 (+) KUB 57.102, where the Storm god of Zippalanda is treated as well. The inventory, which may represent a continuation of KUB 55.14 (+) KUB 57.102, possibly treats the town of Ḫašuna, and this GN is tentatively restored in the last line of the colophon (iv 5′). In the preserved part of the obverse, the text treats the seasonal festivals for mount Paḫašunuwa, the Storm god of Zippalanda, and possibly the Storm god of Ḫašuna. Noteworthy are the institution of the pithos by the king (i 19′) and the mention of a contribution of offerings by a certain Iya-Aššur, which is now taken on by the “district” (see commentary on i 15′). The preserved part of the reverse contains the colophon, written in bigger size and centered.

Palaeography and orthography: Cursive, yet clear and regular script, with a characteristic inclination of the horizontal wedges, script size ca. 3 mm. The handwriting is identical to that of KUB 55.14 (+) KUB 57.102 (q.v.), a tablet which shares many similarities with the present fragment and was written in all likelihood by the same scribe. The heads of inscribed verticals reach above the crossing horizontals (e.g. in ŠA, TA). Pre-LNS UN (i 12′); KUR for ḪUR.SAG (i 17′).

i 3′: The sequence GÉŠPU šie[nzi] tentatively proposed by Hazenbos (2003: 91 with fn. 122) is not attested elsewhere. For the phrase GÉŠPU-ši tianzi see KUB 51.40 iv 13′ // KUB 59.13 iv! 7′. The logogram GÉŠPU is assumed to refer here to a fist-shaped vessel. The spacing between ŠI and the following sign supports the assumption of a word boundary between the two signs. The traces of the damaged sign copied as EN may be read as TI, although this reading is admittedly uncertain (collated).

i 10′: This line seems to hint at the use of UDU as a term encompassing MÁŠ.GAL “billy goat” as well (see already Neu 1996: 258).

i 14′: For the “house” (or “Palace”) of Gazzimara, see del Monte 1995: 100-101 and Siegelová 2001: 204-205; the same production unit is attested in KBo 12.53 + KUB 48.105 obv. 7′.

i 15′: The PN Iya-Aššur (for which see Beckman 1983b: 108) appears probably in KUB 57.102 iv 10′, 16′ as well (q.v.).

i 17′: Cf. KUB 57.102+ iv 5′, 15′, 22′, 23′ (van den Hout 1990b: 429). Note the use of KUR for ḪUR.SAG in both fragments.

i 23′: Cf. KUB 57.102+ i 17′ (van den Hout 1990b: 429) and note the association of Ḫašuna with mount Paḫašunuwa attested here in i 17′ (Kryszeń 2016: 276-78).

iv 5′: Whether the sign is KIN or SI×SÁ is uncertain. On the use of SI×SÁ (ḫandae-) and KIN (aniya-) in the colophons of cult inventories, see Cammarosano 2012b: 112 and cf. anian “treated” in the colophon of KUB 51.53 (rev. l. col. 6′).

CC BY-SA 4.0 Michele Cammarosano | Produced as part of the research project Critical edition, digital publication, and systematic analysis of the Hittite cult-inventories (CTH 501-530), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – project number 298302760, 2016–2020.

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