5 December 2012
A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE INSCRIPTIONAL PLAQUE
CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
With a raised plain border, each end with recessed panels enclosing two standing male figures in relief with a rosette in between, each with one hand raised in adoration and one holding an offering-vessel, with shoulder-length hair and a long beard, the main panel with ten lines of Old South Arabian text in raised relief, reading: "Maadi-karib and Ammi-dhakar, the two sons of Il-'az(z) son of Barantum, have dedicated (to) Hawkum an offering in bronze, from the dues and tithes that they paid as tribute and tithes to Hawkum, from they two's pastures; the... of they two's protector(?) Hawkum, by his oracle, when he safeguarded them both, through ("from") the instructions that he enjoined upon them both; - and may Hawkum continue to keep them both (safe) from all evil and harm. They have entrusted to Hawkum both of their lives, both their abilities, and all their two's offspring, and their possessions: - by 'Amm, and by Anbay, and by Athtar, he of Hatibum, and by Dhat-Santim, by Dhat-Zahran, and by their tribe in (its) entirety, (even?) Dhu-Mariyantum," with four perforations near the perimeter
32½ in. x 16½ in. (82.6 cm. x 41.9 cm.)
Durrenberger Collection, Munich, 1961.
Private Collection, Munich, 1977-1981.
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