- Museum number
Rectangular, sandstone high relief stela; slightly tapered inwards towards the top; carved in relief with a male face with oval eye-sockets originally containing inlays; eyebrows in low relief; beard represented by a lightly incised line around the chin; name Rathad'il incised as five letters in South Arabian script below head; roughly trimmed back with traces of modern plaster and an old dowel hole in the upper portion; chin damaged.
- Production date
- 4thC BC-3rdC BC (about)
Height: 15 centimetres (with wooden base)
Height: 32.50 centimetres
Thickness: 12.50 centimetres (with wooden base)
Thickness: 10.50 centimetres
Width: 20.50 centimetres (with wooden base)
Width: 18 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Wooden base labelled: "125108. Slab carved with a male face, and the name Rathad'il. From Inabba, Upper Jof, S.W. Arabia. Sandstone".
Bowers catalogue entry
Funerary stela of Rathadil
Sandstone Height 32.5 cm, width 18 cm, thickness 10.5 cm
From Inabba in the upper Jawf, 20 km south-east of Qarnaw
ANE 1887-6-29,39 = 125108
Purchased from Sir Eduard Glaser (1852-1908)
This stela was acquired in Yemen in 1882/83 by Eduard Glaser. It is carved from sandstone and depicts in low relief the face of a man whose name, Rathadil, is given in the short Sabaean inscription incised on the front. The empty eye-sockets were originally inlaid, and the person’s beard is indicated by a lightly incised line framing the chin. Although the inscription is in Sabaean, the stela was acquired at one of the main cities belonging to the kingdom of Main in northern Yemen.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'
- Good; chin heavily chipped; missing inlays from the eyes and the bottom left corner of the object (prior to mounting); modern plaster and an old dowel hole in the upper portion on the back.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 104 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: CIH 797 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: Glaser 307 (siglum)