CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


Bron 1992: 28
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INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Qatabanic » Central Qatabanic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Measure of letters4
Textual typologyDedicatory text

GENERAL NOTES

In Avanzini 2004 a: 196 the inscription is dated in the period D for palaeographic reasons; but a king Ydʿʾb in this period is not attested.

TEXT


   1  b-ʾḏn ʿm ḏ-Ẓrm ʿbd-k ʾls²wʿ
   2  | Rmln w-Nhbn ḥbs²y Ydʿ—
   3  ʾb mlk Qtbn w-bs²w

Apparatus
3bs²w can be a second tribe/territory of which Ydʿʾb was king, or it could be a mistake for the god's name Blw. As another hypothesis we could imagine a system of acronyms: b-s²-w.
It is difficult to read another line in the photo, but we can also speculate:
b-s²(ʿ)[b-s¹].

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  By the will of ʿm ḏ-Ẓrm your servant ʾls²wʿ
   2  Rmln and Nhbn the two officers of Ydʿ-
   3  ʾb king of Qatabān and bs²w.

OBJECT INFORMATION

Support typeStone inscription
MaterialStone
Measuresh. 18, w. 48, th. 35.5
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin
Modern siteal-ʿĀdiyya
Ancient siteRḥb
Geographical areaal-Bayḍāʾ
CountryYemen
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Jamme 1972: 45-46, pl. 12, facsimileJamme, Albert W.F. 1972. Miscellanées d'ancient arabe III. Washington. 2019/07/23; https://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A206336#page/1/mode/1up. [Privately printed]
Bron 1992: 28, photoBron, François 1992. Mémorial Mahmud al-Ghul. Inscriptions sudarabiques. Paris: Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner / Sanʿāʾ: Centre français d'études yéménites.