- Museum number
Copper alloy plaque; Sabaean dedicatory inscription in raised characters; eleven lines; a row of dentils at the top; flared sides; perforated near each corner.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-2ndC (probably)
Width: 15.20 - 17.20 centimetres
Height: 25.70 centimetres
Thickness: 0.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hand written description on the record card thus:
"Plate with inscription in raised Himyaritic character. Above: row of dentils. Purport: Dedication to Ilmakkah of Hirran by Anmar s. of Shammarat, in return for prayers heard, and protection in his dwelling place Dhu-Ma 'Isan. Also recording sacrifice to Ilmakkah by the same of a bull; for helping and saving his servant Anmar from the wound he contracted in these parts from the savageness of warriors. Praying for further protection from all manner of harm, and the good will of Anmar's masters the men of Marthad".
- Not on display
- In two pieces.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This group "were discovered at Amran, near San'a, in or before the year 1855" (S. Birch, 'Inscriptions in the Himyaritic character now deposited in the British Museum, chiefly discovered in South Arabia', London 1863). Trustees Papers, Miscellaneous Communications, 29 October 1862, no. 10172, on the presentation of "copper plates from Amran"; Report of Donations, 5/11/62 (received 6/11/62), no. 10370: report of receipt of Coghlan's suggestion that inscriptions be published; General Reports, 5/11/62, no. 10370, on the publication of Himyaritic inscriptions and a bowl; 10/12/62, no. 11462, likely publication cost estimated at £100.
Donation acknowledged with thanks by Birch, letter dated 30/12/62 (ANE Correspondence).
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: CIH 82 (siglum)