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The Shebna Inscription / The Royal Steward Inscription

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    125205

  • Title (object)

    • The Shebna Inscription
    • The Royal Steward Inscription
  • Description

    Three line Hebrew funerary inscription from the entrance of a tomb which may have contained the remains of Shebna, the royal steward of King Hezekiah; carved from limestone; much damaged.

  • Date

    • 7thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Hebrew
      • Inscription Translation

        This is ... [the tomb of Shebna] ...iah, the royal steward. There is no silver or gold here, only ... [his bones] ... and the bones of his maidservant with him. Cursed be the man who opens this.
  • Curator's comments

    The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "West Semitic Inscriptions: Hebrew".

  • Location

    On display: G57/od

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1995 22 Nov-1996 29 Feb, Germany, Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, 'Die Reise nach Jerusalem'

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1871

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    125205

  • Registration number

    1871,1107.1

Three line Hebrew funerary inscription from the entrance of a tomb which may have contained the remains of Shebna, the royal steward of King Hezekiah; much damaged.

Three line Hebrew funerary inscription from the entrance of a tomb which may have contained the remains of Shebna, the royal steward of King Hezekiah; much damaged.

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