CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


Mordtmann and Mittwoch 1932 b: pl. IV (facsimile)

INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Sabaic » Central Middle Sabaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Measure of letters3.7
Chronology
PeriodC. Conjectural
Textual typologyDedicatory text - fragmentary

GENERAL NOTES

The squeez of Glaser (Höfner 1973, pl. XVII, 1) is completed (at the beginning of the lines 2-4) by a fragment of another inscription which was embedded in the same wall. The letters of this second text are bigger (4.1).
One can read:
(t)[…]
ḥ(r)t […]
bʿṯt[r…]

TEXT


   1   [... ...] w-bnhw Ḏkrʾl bny Gmwln hqn—
   2  [yy ((hqn[yw])) ʾlmqh bʿ]l Gblm kl mʿs¹ʾ w-mbn ṯ(b)—
   3  [r] [... ...] b-ms¹ʾl ʾlmqh l-wfy b—
   4  [... ... w]-qny-hmw b-ʿṯtr w-ʾlmqh

Apparatus
1According to the drawing and the restitution published by Mordtmann-Mittwoch (1932, p. 13, pl. IV, nr. 10) (=RES 4127), the name is read as Yḏkrʾl.
On the base of the squeeze published in SEG VIII (pl. XVII, 1), Höfner considers the stroke of what has been read as /y/ to be a separator, so that the name is Ḏkrʾl.
2In the RES (which follows the reading of Mordtmann-Mittwoch), the restitution proposed is: [ʾlmqh bʿl ʾw]m, but according to the photo of the squeeze, the reading Gblm is nonetheless indubitable.
2-3At the beginning of the line 3, RES restitutes /t/ and completes the word ṭbt. Höfner proposes ṯb[r] "destroy".
4Mordtmann and Mittwoch read [w-ʾ]qwl-hmw; Höfner: [w]-qny-hmw.

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  [… …] and his son Ḏkrʾl, both of the family Gmwln, dedicated
   2  to ʾlmqh, Lord of Gblm, all building and edifice damaged (?)
   3  [… …] in the oracle of ʾlmqh for the safety of
   4  [… …] and their goods. By ʿṯtr and ʾlmqh.

OBJECT INFORMATION

DepositBerlin, Staatliche Museen, VA 7818
Support typeStone inscription
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Provenance. Conjectural
Modern siteṢirwāḥ-Khawlān
Ancient siteṢrwḥ
Geographical areaṢirwāḥ
CountryYemen
FoundReemployed. In modern times
NotesThe provenance from Ṣirwāḥ is hypothetical, see Höfner 1976: 23.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mordtmann and Mittwoch 1932 b: 13, pl. IV (facsimile)Mordtmann, Johannes H. and Mittwoch, Eugen 1932. Himjarische Inschriften in den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. (Mitteilungen der Vorderasiatisch-Aegyptischen Gesellschaft, 37/1). Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs.
Höfner 1973: 71-73, pl. XVII, 1Höfner, Maria 1973. Inschriften aus Ṣirwāḥ, Ḫaulān. (I Teil). Sammlung Eduard Glaser. 8. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse, 291/1). Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.