London, South Kensington
7 October 2010
A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE BULL'S HEAD ATTACHMENT
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
With short pointed horns, with four lines of Old South Arabian text written across the front and sides of the face probably reading, 'Abd-Ka/shah/lah, and his son(?)/dhaban', the back with triangular-shaped hollow recess, top pierced, mounted
1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm.) high
Private USA collection, acquired between 1950 and 1970.
Accompanied by a report from Professor K.A. Kitchen.
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The florid ornate style of the text is familiar from the late 3rd Century A.D. inscriptions of the kingdom of Hadramaut on the eve of its conquest, circa A.D. 270, by the united kingdom of Himyar, incorporating Saba, Qataban and Main.
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