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late Assyrian form of the MUNUS (SAL) cuneiform character.[1]

MUNUS, 𒊩, or SAL is the capital-letter (majuscule) Sumerogram for the Akkadian language word "ṣuhārtu",[2] young woman, or woman. The word is commonly used in the Amarna letters diplomatic letters, as well as elsewhere, for example in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Epic of Gilgamesh

The cuneiform character for woman, or "young woman", has many alternative uses in the Epic of Gilgamesh; it is used for the following: mim, (21 times); rag, (2); rak, (10); raq, (1); sal, (1); šal, (25); , (43 times).


  1. ^ Parpola, 1997, cuneiform no 554.
  2. ^ Rainey, 1970

Further reading

  • Parpola, Simo, with Mikko Luuko, and Kalle Fabritius (1997). The Standard Babylonian, Epic of Gilgamesh. The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. ISBN 951-45-7760-4. (Volume 1) in the original Akkadian cuneiform and transliteration; commentary and glossary are in English.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Rainey, 1970. El Amarna Tablets, 359-379, Anson F. Rainey, (AOAT 8, Alter Orient Altes Testament 8, Kevelaer and Neukirchen -Vluyen), 1970, 107 pages.
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