The Head of Kura—The Head of ʾAdabal*

  title={The Head of Kura—The Head of ʾAdabal*},
  author={Alfonso Archi},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={81 - 100}
  • A. Archi
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
E very year Kura, the god of the city of Ebla, 1 received a delivery of “one mina of silver (470 g) for (his) silver head,” 1 ma-na babbar: kù sag babbar: kù d Ku-ra. This listing opens all the annual accounts that record the expenditure of silver and gold for about thirty-five years. Several of these documents also record “a second delivery of three shekels (23.5 g) of silver for the silver head of Kura,” 3 gín D. babbar: ku 6 sag babbar: kù d Ku-ra mu-ti-II; see, for example, TM.75.G.1860… 
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is known of only in relation to one other deity, Ganana
    At Ebla this term is used for the act of "making open"; see also pes-áb nu-gis-gál-"tag 4
      If ªAdabal was also a Moon-god
        A group made up of five to fourteen people took part in this journey
        • Studi Eblaiti
        • 1979
        see my article "ses-II-ib: A Religious Confraternity
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        • 2002
        nu-gis kiri 6 "garden" is also well attested in the Ebla documents; see ARET I, p. 300. 52 This is a very rare month name; it is attested also in ARET II 5(6): 1 ma-na babbar: kù iti gis-gál-"tag 4
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        • 1999