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This small fragment contains meager remains of the lower right edge of a tablet. It probably belonged to the collection of tablets of Anu-ikṣur, from the sector Ue XVIII/1 in Uruk. Only seven lines of the obverse are preserved. The reverse of the tablet, which is very badly damaged and was not copied in SpTU 1, can be seen in the excavation photo kindly made available by Prof. H. Hunger.
The obverse mentions the "nature of his joker sign" (šikin nipḫīšu(izi.gar-šú)) twice, which suggests that the text is a commentary on an extispicy text. However, since it contains an explicit quotation of a line "from the corpus of divination" (l. 4', ša ina bārûti qabû, "which is said in the corpus of divination"), it is likely that it contains a commentary on a different text. U. Gabbay has suggested (personal communication, 3/2015) that the base text may be the treatise Šumma immeru, which also mentions nipḫu (e.g. CCP 3.6.3.E ll. 15-16) and was appended to Izbu (cf. CCP 3.6.3.E, colophon).1
On one occasion (l. 6') the fragment uses the terminus technicus libbū, "as in," apparently to render an expression in a non entirely philological manner.
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[...] ⸢ši-kin IZI⸣.GAR-šú KUDas
[...] "the nature of his nipḫu-sign will be decided."
[...]-ú ŠEŠ* x [x] : ḫi-ṭa-tu-šú ku-us-sa-a-šú
[...] "his sins are binding him."
[...]-⸢x⸣ DU₈-MEŠ-šu-ma ÚŠ : šá ina NAM.AZU Eú
"[...] will be continuously loosen for him, and he will die," which is said in the corpus of divination,
[...]-⸢x⸣-e-a šá-niš ši-kin IZI.GAR-šú KUDas
[...] alternatively, (it means) "the nature of his nipḫu-sign will be decided,"
lìb-bu-ú it-ta-šú ip-par-ras
as in (the phrase) "his sign will be decided."
[...] ⸢x x x x x x⸣
[...] ⸢x šá-kin? x x⸣ : ⸢ḫi-x-ik-x⸣
[...] ⸢ku?-uš-šaḫ⸣ : x x x
[...] ⸢na-ad-di⸣ x x
[...] ⸢x ka x⸣ [x]