Parnapishtim instructs Ardi-Ea to convey Gilgamesh to this fountain.
Gilgamesh approaches and tells the scorpion-man of his purpose.
He seems to feel that Gilgamesh could not endure the description.
The story is a long one and has no connection with the career of Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh, recalling to the goddess the sad fate of those who fall a victim to her charms, rejects the offer.
Man must die, and Gilgamesh cannot escape the universal fate.
In Fig. 57 we have the impression of another seal in which Gilgamesh and Ea-bani are the prominent actors.
The close of the eleventh tablet suggests that Gilgamesh will die.
But the Gilgamesh seals probably reach their climax in that reproduced in Fig. 58.
The story of Gilgamesh was carried beyond the confines of Babylonia.