Bron 1992: 28
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Language Ancient South Arabian » Qatabanic » Central Qatabanic
Alphabet Ancient South Arabian
Script typology Monumental writing
Writing technique Incision
Measure of letters 4
Textual typology Dedicatory 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 marker
1 b-ʾḏn ʿm ḏ-Ẓrm ʿbd-k ʾls²wʿ 2 | Rmln w-Nhbn ḥbs²y Ydʿ— 3 ʾb mlk Qtbn w-bs²w
3 bs²w 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 ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Jamme 1972: 45-46, pl. 12, facsimile Jamme, 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, photo Bron, François 1992. Mémorial Mahmud al-Ghul. Inscriptions sudarabiques. Paris: Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner / Sanʿāʾ: Centre français d'études yéménites.