- Museum number
Copper alloy plaque; Sabaean dedicatory inscription in raised characters; six lines; at bottom ornamental vine scroll; only lower portion preserved.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-2ndC (probably)
Thickness: 0.20 - 0.45 centimetres
Height: 19.10 centimetres
Width: 15.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hand written description on record card thus:
"Plate, fragmentary with inscription in raised Himyaritic characters; bottom, ornamental spray of vine pattern. Purport: (restored) dedication to Ilmakkah of Hirran by ([Abd] shamsh and his brothers & nephews in order to win his protection".
- Bibliographic references
Birch S & Franks A W 1863a / Inscriptions in the Himyaritic character, now deposited in the British Museum, chiefly discovered in Southern Arabia (pl. XIII, no. 26)
CIS IV/I / Inscriptiones Himyariticas et Sabaeas continens (no.94)
RES / Repertoire d'epigraphie semitique (V, 2691)
Pirenne J 1957a / Le rinceau dans l'evolution de l'art sud-arabe (pp.112-13, no. 13, pl. XIb) (attributed 2ndC date)
Jamme 1971a / Miscellanees d'ancient arabe II (p.38, 41)
Ryckmans J 1978a / Some technical aspects of the inscribed South Arabian bronze inscriptions cast in relief
Kitchen 2000a / Documentation for Ancient Arabia (p. 30, 31, 33)
Prideaux W F 1877b / A sketch of Sabaean grammar; with examples of translation (no. XXVI, p. 396)
- Not on display
- 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: 26 (Birch catalogue number)
Miscellaneous number: CIH 94
Miscellaneous number: CIS IV, 94 (old siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Os. 25 (Osiander)
Miscellaneous number: RES 2691 (old siglum)