- Museum number
Rectangular yellow limestone funerary stela of a person called Madhab, with 2 incised lozenge-shaped eyes representing the face and a single-line ruled three-letter South Arabian inscription across the centre and which has been smeared with red pigment.
- Production date
- 1stC (circa)
Height: 28 centimetres
Thickness: 5.50 centimetres
Width: 14.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Wooden base labelled "125112. Tombstone of Madhab. About 1st century A.D.".
Bowers catalogue entry
Painted rectangular face stela of “Madhab”
Height 28 cm, width 14.5 cm, thickness 5.5 cm
Acquired in Sanaa
ANE 1887-6-29,11 = 125112
Purchased from Sir Eduard Glaser (1852-1908)
This highly stylised form of funerary stela simply represents the face of the deceased by depicting a pair of large lozenge-shaped eyes and highlighting the raised areas with dull reddish-brown pigment. This has been analysed and shown to be red ochre. The single-line ruled three-letter Sabaean inscription across the centre names the individual as “Madhab”. The stela was acquired as part of a collection formed in Yemen in 1882/83 by Glaser.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'
- Worn surfaces
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 612 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: 76 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: CIH 39 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Glaser 303 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: RES 3320