- Museum number
Copper alloy plaque; Sabaean dedicatory inscription in raised characters; ten lines; a row of dentils at the top; perforated near each corner; top left corner broken with portion missing.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-2ndC (probably)
Length: 26.67 centimetres
Thickness: 0.20 centimetres
Width: 13.97 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hand written description on the record card thus:
"Plate with inscription in raised Himyaritic characters. At top: row of dentils. Purport: Dedication of Anmar Athlam, son of Ha'af-athat of the tribe of Dhu-Nahsen, to Ilmakkah of Hirran, for granting him the goodly slaughter of the tribe of Nabs. Prayer for continued goodwill towards the men of Dhu-Nahsen".
- Not on display
- In two pieces; portion of left side missing.
- 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 78 (siglum)