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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 58

    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE VOTIVE PLAQUE

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.

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    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE VOTIVE PLAQUE
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.
    Framed on all four sides, a row of dentils above, with ten lines of Qatabanian script in raised relief, reading: "Qaramsham son of Raab'athat descending from S2NHM has dedicated to Hawkam a dedication of bronze from his 'S3B when Hawkam had helped Qaramsham since she granted his favor in duty by the authority of his lord Yada'ab to direct and be qayil of the tribe of Qabalan and as for the vow of Hawkam to help Qaramsham in all of his business...?...the priest of Hawkam and the priest of 'Am de Riyamat, of W'RN. He entrusted to Hawkam himself and his entourage and his goods and his children and his two brothers Yasar'am and Yaqan'am and all of their children and all of their allies the sons of S3NHM, to 'Am and to Anbay and to Hawkam and to their lords Yada'ab Dubayan and his son Shahar, the two kings of Qataban; and entrusted Qaramsham to Hawkam his dedication against whoever will ruin him or remove him from his place," with four perforations for attachment
    22 in. (55.9 cm.) long


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    This inscription indicates that Qaramsham was a prominent individual, exercising his authority over the Qabalan tribe, in the service of Qataban Yada'ab. Qaramsham dedicates the plaque to the deity, Hawkam, who was a deity of the Qataban kingdom. It is dated to the co-reign of Yada'ab and his son Shahar.

    Provenance

    German Private Collection, 1980.