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tombstone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    132705

  • Description

    Carved dark stone tombstone; 8 line Hebrew inscription stating it is for Madmiyah the daughter of Sa'adyah the son of Abraham; incomplete; surface worn and abraded.

  • Date

    • 1333 (equivalent to the year 1644 [Seleucid Era] referred to in the inscription)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 centimetres
    • Width: 85 centimetres
    • Thickness: 20 centimetres
    • Height: 122 centimetres (with stone plinth)
    • Width: 100 centimetres (with stone plinth)
    • Thickness: 30 centimetres (with stone plinth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Hebrew
      • Inscription Translation

        Mayest thou rest in peace until the [redeemer] cometh! (2-6) In the month of Tebeth, in the year 1644, was gathered in peace to her fathers the worthy, respected woman Madmiyah, the daughter of Se'adyah the son of Abraham (may his memory be blessed) ... [Wright 1886]
      • Inscription Comment

        8 ll. Sepulchral tablet of Madmiyah, the daughter of Sa'adyah, the son of Abraham. Dated in the 1644th year of contracts, i.e. the Seleucid Era (AD 1333).
  • Curator's comments

    Mounted upright on a massive Caen stone block for previous exhibition, block labelled "Sepulchral tablet of Madmiyah the daughter of Sa'adyah, the son of Abraham. Dated in the 1644th year of the era of contracts (A.D. 1333). Presented by Thomas Holdsworth Newman, Esq. 1886".

  • Bibliography

    • Wright W 1886c no.1, pp.215-16, pl.[un-numbered] bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    Second North gallery, first room (May 1931)

  • Condition

    Incomplete; surface worn and abraded.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Acquisition notes

    One of two Jewish inscriptions and belonging from the same grave. The stones are believed to have been brought to England as part of ship's ballast from Zanzibar in the 1830s (Helena Drysdale, corres, dated 7 November 1989).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    132705

  • Registration number

    1886,0711.1

Basalt (?) Hebrew grave-stone with inscription stating it is for Madmiyah the daughter of Sa'adyah the son of Abraham; patches of red pigment; incomplete; surface worn and abraded.

Basalt (?) Hebrew grave-stone with inscription stating it is for Madmiyah the daughter of Sa'adyah the son of Abraham; patches of red pigment; incomplete; surface worn and abraded.

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