CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


Calvet and Robin 1997: 178, cat. 94

INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Sabaic » Early Sabaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Script cursusBoustrophedon
Writing techniqueIncision
Chronology
PeriodA
Textual typologyDedicatory text - fragmentary

GENERAL NOTES

Only part of the original text is readable on the Louvre fragments of CIH 494 (see photo); the text is restored on the basis of Halévy's copies (see Calvet and Robin for details).
According to Halévy, the two fragments pertain to adjoining sides of the same pillar.

TEXT


      [... ... hqny]
   1  [...ʾ]mr w-Ṣdq←ʾmr bn-(h)my
   2  ywm s²ym-hw→ Ydʿʾb b-ʿl[y]
   3  [K]tlm w-b ʿl←y mbny byt
   4  ḏt Ḥmym b-ʿ→ṯtr w-b ʾlm[qh]
   5  [w]-b ḏt Ḥmym w-←b ḏt Bʿdn-w-
   6  b S¹mʿ w-b Y→dʿʾl w-b Yṯʿ—
   7  ʾmr w-b Ydʿʾb← w-b Ktlm |

Apparatus
3The word separator after ʿly is a later addition (Robin).

TRANSLATIONS

English

      [... ... dedicated]
   1  [...]ʾmr and Ṣdqʾmr, their sons,
   2  when Ydʿʾb appointed him in command over
   3  Ktlm and in charge of the construction of the temple
   4  of ḏt Ḥmym; by ʿṯtr, ʾlmqh,
   5  ḏt Ḥmym, ḏt Bʿdn,
   6  S¹mʿ, Ydʿʾl, Yṯʿ-
   7  ʾmr, Ydʿʾb and Ktlm.

OBJECT INFORMATION

DepositParis, Louvre Museum, AO 4094
Support typeInscription on architectural structure » Pillar
MaterialStone
Measuresh. 31, w. 32.5, th. 17
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin
Modern siteKhirbat Saʿūd
Ancient siteKtlm
Geographical areawādī Raghwān
CountryYemen
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wissmann 1982: 290-293, fig. 79Wissmann, Hermann von 1982. Die Geschichte von Sabaʾ II. Das Grossreich der Sabäer bis zu seinem Ende im frühen 4. Jh. v. Chr. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophischhistorische Klasse, 402). Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. [Walter W. Müller (ed.)]
Calvet and Robin 1997: 177-178, cat. 94Calvet, Yves and Robin, Christian J. 1997. Arabie heureuse. Arabie déserte. Les antiquités arabiques du Musée du Louvre. Avec la collaboration de Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet and Marielle Pic. Paris: Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux.