- Museum number
Flat sheet-silver amuletic pendant; pierced at the top to form a circular perforation for suspension; engraved Sabaean inscription in South Arabian script; jagged line decoration at the bottom; plain reverse, with circular impression around the perforation, possibly from contact with another object.
- Production date
- 4thC BC-3rdC BC
Height: 0.70 centimetres (line height)
Height: 3.81 centimetres
Weight: 3.60 grammes
Thickness: 0.05 centimetres
Width: 2.54 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Wadd was the chief Minaean god. The identification of the black infilling of the inscription has not yet been determined but resembles that on some traditional Yemeni silver jewellery.
Bowers catalogue entry
4th - 3rd centuries BC
Height 3.8 cm, width 2.5 cm, thickness 0.05 cm; 3.6 g weight
ANE 1915-1-9,3 = 113201
Purchased from Lieutenant A.R. Prideaux
This simple sheet-silver pendant has a two-line incised Sabean inscription which reads: “Wadd is father”, with jagged-line decoration at the bottom. Wadd was the chief god of the ancient South Arabian kingdom of Main but was also regarded as an important deity throughout Southern Arabia. The object was acquired in Yemen by Captain W.F. Prideaux (1840-1914) and sold after his death by his eldest son, Lieutenant A.R. Prideaux.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'
2002 5 Jun-13 Oct, BM, 'Queen of Sheba: Treasures from ancient Yemen'
1997-2005 Aug-16 Dec, BM, G51/PSA/3
1976-1997 BM, West Stairs: South Arabian Landing [SAL], wall-case 2 [WC2]
- Complete; slightly tarnished on reverse; very faint old scratches on the face; old hairline crack running from the perforation to the edge.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collection registered in error as being "Purchased from Col. Prideaux" whereas Report to Trustees, dated 2 January 1915, and Trustees' Minutes dated 9 January 1915 refer to purchase of this collection from "Lt A.R. Prideaux" and itemises the pieces as "Four small objects, two of which have Himyaritic inscriptions". The accuracy of the latter reports is confirmed by correspondence from Miss Florence G. Prideaux of 6 Churchfields, Margate, who refers to her desire to sell the objects belonging to her late brother Colonel W.F. Prideaux (who died in 1914) and which she describes as including "some old Himyaritic marbles, carved. They are, we believe, 2000 years old" but difficult to send as "they are frightfully heavy. One is supposed to be a representation of the Trinity, the others are just heads ... there are also two censers of some kind of stone of the same age" but that she has written to her brother's eldest son "in Persia" about their possible sale (ANE Corres, dated 26/1/15, 23/2/15).
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: RES 4323 (siglum)