12 June 2002
A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER REVETMENT PLAQUE
Circa 6th-5th Century B.C.
Rectangular in form, the recessed central panel with a ten-line Minean inscription with a double dedication, reading, "(1) Amm-dhara son of Ya'wsi-il (2) of the 'Ahir family, of Sahr family, (3) administrator of [the gods] Wadd, and 'Athtar-of-(4)Qabdu, and Nakrah, and the gods (5) of Ma'in, and [of the kinds] Il-yafa' (6) and Waqah-il; priest of Sahr; (7) he has dedicated [this] to 'Athtar-of-Qabdu, and (8) has made a monument of Sahar. By (9) the gods of Ma'in, and by (10) [kings] Il'yafa' and Waqah-il," the inscription framed above by a row of dentils topped with horizontal moldings, and on both sides by a vertical band of eight square reliefs each with a reclining ibex with enormous voluted horns, each facing in, the bands topped with a facing head of a bull with a plume between the horns
36 in. (91.4 cm) high
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For a related panel see p. 143 in Antonini, et al., Yèmen, au pays de la reine de Saba'.
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