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frieze

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    125225

  • Description

    Limestone frieze with inscription (7 ll) in Numidian; half of a bilingual inscription, the other half being Punic (1852,0305.2); instrumental in deciphering Numidian script which is alphabetic and reads from right to left like Punic; from Punic style mausoleum dedicated to Ateban, a Numidian prince; cracked; surface worn; severe areas of surface loss.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 146BC (about)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 68.58 centimetres
    • Width: 91.44 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Numidian
      • Inscription Comment

        One of two halves of this inscription; the other half is in Punic.
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1852,0305.2 (BM.125226).The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "West Semitic Inscriptions: Phoenicia".

  • Bibliography

    • Siebenmorgen H 2004 p. 66 no. 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2004-2005 24 Sept-30 Jan, Karlsruhe, Badisches Landesmuseum, 'Hannibal ad portas'

  • Condition

    Fair / poor; cracked; surface worn; severe areas of surface loss.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1852

  • Acquisition notes

    Note on the file-card by R D Barnett: "The inscription was discovered in 1631 by Thomas d'Arcos who sent a copy of it to Peiresc. In 1842 Sir Thomas Reade, HBM consul at Tunis, had it removed, involving the ruin of the building." Note on the file-card by J E Curtis: "See L'Egyptologue Conrade Leemans et sa correspondence (Leiden [E J Brill] 1973), p. 31 - Letter to Leemans from C. Falbe, dated 30th May, 1837. reference made to Dugga inscription as follows:- 'Je lui (Sir Gr. Temple) ai fait part de l'enlevement de l'inscription de Dugga par Mr. Reade et quoique, comme Anglais, il doit etre satisfait de voir que ce monument viendra en Angleterre, il desapprouve neamoins qu'on l'ait enleve, parce que cela n'a pu se faire sans causer un grand tort a l'edifice meme.' So, inscription removed in 1837?" See also ANE Correspondence from Playfair, dated 30 May & 8 June 1876.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    125225

  • Registration number

    1852,0305.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 494 (exhibition number)
Limestone frieze with inscription (7 ll) in Numidian; half of a bilingual inscription, the other half being Punic (1852,0305.2); instrumental in deciphering Numidian script which is alphabetic and reads from right to left like Punic; from Punic style maus

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