- Museum number
Limestone slab with 6 line South Arabian inscription; prayer of forgiveness of guilt and that Rahman give the dedicants the favour of the kings, their masters and preserve them from all evil.
Height: 51.50 centimetres (with stone base)
Height: 40.50 centimetres
Thickness: 8 centimetres
Width: 63 centimetres (with stone base)
Width: 63 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bowers catalogue entry
Sabaean prayer of forgiveness
Limestone Height 40.5 cm, width 63 cm, thickness 8 cm
ANE 1872-6-19,1 = 125169
Purchased from Captain W.F. Prideaux (1840-1914)
This heavily damaged six-line Sabaean inscription can be translated as follows:
“... and may he [or she] forgive their guilt and accept their sacrifices ... and in a distant and in a nearby world and to be placed first or appointed ... and flesh; and he who joined to the master with evil intent ... welcome to the name of R.K. ... and let him vouchsafe to them Rahman the favour of the kings their masters ... and by [or from] disaster and danger and barrenness and ....”.
The inscription therefore appears to be a prayer asking forgiveness of guilt, and requesting that the god Rahman give the dedicants the favour of the kings who were “their masters”, and preserve them from all evil.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'
- Old surface abrasion to the front.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 61 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: 655 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: CIH 539 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Müller 1 (old publication siglum)
Miscellaneous number: RES 3170