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Copper alloy plaque; Sabaean dedicatory inscription in raised characters; twenty lines; top centre multiple-petalled rosette, either side a rosette superimposed on Maltese cross; damage to the centre; missing top left corner.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-2ndC (probably)
Length: 18 inches
Width: 11.25 inches
- Curator's comments
- Hand written description on the record card thus:
"Plate with inscription in raised Himyaritic characters at top: many-petaaled rosette (centre): rosette of quatrefoil superposed on Maltese cross each side. Purport: Dedication to Ilmakkah of Hirran, lord of Awwam in the city of Alw ... [word goes off RC] by Sa'dlah and his sons the men of Marthad: to whom they have given the best things of the valleys of Dhu Urhuk: to whom they pray for their fields in distress and the tribe, in Mathw: that they may go down to Urhuk & sacrifice in the fields both to Athtar & the Sun. They sacrificed at Hirran in the sanctuary of Hirwat, when the sons of Marthad or their vassals protected these valleys. May the omen protect them, which Sa'dlah saw in the sanctuary of Ilmakkah of Na'aman".
- Not on display
- Damage near the centre; missing top left corner
- 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 74
Miscellaneous number: Os. 4 (Osiander)
Miscellaneous number: RES 2691 (old siglum)