- Museum number
Calcite-alabaster libation table with 2 lines of inscription in Sabaean on all sides and lightly recessed depression on top. Drained by 2 gargoyles in form of very highly stylised bull's heads (left head broken off) on one long side. Dedicated to the god Athtar by Ham'athat, son of Watban or Wathbani, servant of Sumuhu'alay or Sumuhu'alayi on the occasion of his gift of his children to the god for safe completion of a journey from Darwanhan or Darwahan to Qabulat or Kabalat.
- Production date
- 4thC BC-2ndC BC
Diameter: 0.30 centimetres (recessed top)
Height: 12 centimetres
Thickness: 36 centimetres
Width: 66.50 centimetres
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Presumably ex-case in the Semitic Room, as a large wooden display label survives, "125067. Sacrificial table dedicated to the god 'Athtar of Yehar by Ham'athat, son of Watban, servant of Sumuhu'alay, on the occasion of his gift of his children to the god for the safe completion of a journey from Darwanhan to Qabalat. From Abyan. 4th-2nd century B.C."
- Semi-complete; left bull's head gargoyle broken off and missing.
- Acquisition notes
- Described as an "altar of white marble" in a letter from S. Birch to Coghlan dated 30/12/62 and prior to acquisition (ANE Corres). Arrived at the Directorate 21/2/63, when described thus: "Contents of a box from Aden. Stating to be an altar with Himyaritic inscription" (Trustees Papers, Communications no. 1736). Reported to Trustees 25/2/63, no. 1819, as "An altar with a Himyaritic inscription apparently a dedication to Athor and Almakah discovered at Ibean [i.e. Abyan] about 25 or 30 miles from Aden; and a slab with an inscription in Hebrew found about 1857 in an old ruined Bund on the Water Channel in Aden". The acquisition was reported in the BM Return for 1864/65 (p.13).
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: CIH 439 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Os 30 (siglum)