- Museum number
Upper part of a rectangular, pale yellow calcite-alabaster stela with 2 line South Arabian inscription above a relief representation of two men on a camel; the front figure wears a kilt and carries a sword; inscription states that this is a portrait and monument of Ha'an son of Dhu-Zu'd.
- Production date
- 1stC-3rdC (stylistically)
Height: 25 centimetres
Height: 9.75 inches
Thickness: 6 centimetres
Width: 26 centimetres
- Curator's comments
1st-3rd century AD dating suggested on the basis of Middle Sabaic palaeographic style, and the 3 stylised "rosettes" (pers. comm. W.D. Glanzman, 7/6/04, while commenting on the draft Bowers catalogue).
Bowers catalogue entry
Inscribed funerary stela with camel-riders
1st - 3rd centuries AD
Height 25 cm, width 26 cm, thickness 6 cm
ANE 1908-4-14,2 = 102601
Purchased from Charles Albert Brenchley through George Hallett
This stela depicts a camel and two riders, one wearing a kilt or short skirt and brandishing a sword, with a two-line Sabaean inscription above which reads “figure and monument of Haan, son of dhu-Zud”. A similar funerary stela in the Musée du Louvre also shows a camel-rider who is named in the inscription as “Mushayqarum Hamayat son of Yashuf”, and who is shown seated on a saddle placed across the hump, with a waterskin slung next to the left rear flank, and is guiding the camel with a halter and stick.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 17 Jan-2 Jul, Basel, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, 'Arabia Felix: Treasures from Ancient South Arabia'
2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'
- Incomplete; upper part only; missing top corners.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: CIH 720