- Museum number
Copper alloy plaque; Sabaean dedicatory inscription in raised characters; eleven lines; row of dentils at the top; perforated near the corners; virtually complete; missing small area of the top left corner; surfaces burnt.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-2ndC (probably)
Width: 16.70 - 17.10 centimetres
Height: 26.70 centimetres
Thickness: 0.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hand written description on record card thus:
"Plate with inscription in raised Himyaritic characters. Above: row of dentils. Purport: Dedication to Ilmakkah of Hirran by 'Abdsams s. of Haith, with a bull: because Ilmakkah saved him from the nocturnal attack in the year of Samakh-karib, s. of Tubba-karib, s. of Fadh. They had postponed discharging the row, yet Ilmakkah had saved them from their stronghold being stored in Sanikan. (Prayer for harvests and male children)".
- Not on display
- Virtually complete; missing small area of the top left corner; surfaces burnt.
- 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 81 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Os. 10 (Osiander)