Block fragment with four-line inscriptions on two adjacent faces, the text of each almost identical

Inscribed on two side.

Historical period(s)
early 1st century
H x W x D: 22.3 × 84.2 × 21.8 cm (8 3/4 × 33 1/8 × 8 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The American Foundation for the Study of Man (Wendell and Merilyn Phillips Collection)
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Stone

Block (fragment)

funerary, relief inscription, Wendell and Merilyn Phillips collection, Yemen
Provenance research underway.

Inscribed on two side.


Inscribed on both top and face of block:

1.) “ ‘Asharum, son of Lahayan, Shakarum, the son of ‘Amm’alay, and Sha’abum, son of Nabat’alay,

2.) They of the clan/family of Gharbum, have acquired, (and) consecrated, (and) constructed their tomb Nafisum, and its fire altar, and its interior part (?)

3.) all together, a proper obligation to ’Anbay and to El, most high. And it belongs to ‘Asharum, of this tomb and its fire altar, and interior part,

4.) 3/5ths, and to Shakarum and [to] Sha’abum, 2/5ths.”

Published References
  • Albert Jamme. Pieces epigraphiques sudarabes de Heid bin Aqi. vol. 30, Louvain, 1952. p. 217, #379, pl.9.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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