The lettering on this vessel is characteristic of examples from Wadi Dura in East Central Yemen, ancient Shabwa, the capital of the Kingdom of Hadramaut. The city was looted and sacked by the kingdom of Himyar in 280 A.D., suggesting a terminus ante quem.
While dedicatory inscriptions are well known on silver vessels in this period, the inscription on the present example is unusual in that it is dedicated by two women. The form and style of the decoration are significantly more elaborate than most of the known examples of South Arabian silver vessels (see pl. 10, fig. 23 in J.-F. Breton, Trésors du Wâdi-Dura).