Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions

Bernand, Drewes and Schneider 1991: ii, pl. 29
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LanguageAncient South Arabian » Sabaic » Ethiopian Early Sabaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Textual typologyDedicatory text - fragmentary


Inscription in three fragments found by T. Bent in 1893: two fragments still in Yeha, while the third one is stored in the National Archaeological Museum of Addis Abeba. This brief text is written on the second long side of the altar.


   1   [... ...] w-ʿ↯s¹tr w-Nrw


DepositAddis Abeba, National Archaeological Museum, JE 2398
Support typeArtefact » Altar
Measuresh. 13.5, w. 70.5, th. 48
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Modern siteYeha
Ancient siteYḥʾ
Geographical areaTigray
FoundReemployed. In modern times
NotesThe object was reemployed in the wall of a house at Yeha.
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Drewes and Schneider 1970: 60-61Drewes, Abraham J. and Schneider, Roger 1970. Documents épigraphiques de l'Éthiopie - II. Annales d'Éthiopie, 8: 57-72.
Bernand, Drewes and Schneider 1991: 111-113, pl. 29Bernand, Etienne, Drewes, Abraham J. and Schneider, Roger 1991. Recueil des inscriptions de l'Éthiopie des périodes pré-axoumite et axoumite. Introduction de Francis Anfray. Paris: de Boccard. [Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres]