CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Qatabanic » Central Qatabanic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Measure of letters6.9
Chronology
PeriodB1
Textual typologyConstruction text
Royal inscriptionYes

TEXT


   1  [Ydʿʾb Ygl bn ]Ḏmrʿly
   2  mkr(b) [Q](tb)n [w-](w)l(d) ʿm bn—
   3  y w-ʿzz ʿḍd Byḥn bn s²rs¹—
   4  m ʿd frʿm w-ʿmm Byḥn tʿ—
   5  (m)m-s¹ ʿlyn w-rṯd-hw ʾnby

Apparatus
1Ḏmrʿly is the patronymic of the king Ydʿʾb Ygl, in Ja 2361=CSAI I, 196 and RES 3858=CSAI I, 203, thus giving rise to the integration proposed (also confirmed by the palaeography).

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  Ydʿʾb Ygl son of Ḏmrʿly
   2  mukarrib of Qatabān and of the children of ʿm built
   3  and strengthened the dam of Byḥn from founda-
   4  tion to top and expanded Byḥn by means of its wide
   5  expansion and he has committed it to the protection of ʾnby.

OBJECT INFORMATION

DepositBayḥān, Museum, 457
Support typeStone inscription
MaterialStone
Measuresh. 90, w. 162
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin
Modern siteal-ʿĀdiyya
Ancient siteRḥb
Geographical areaal-Bayḍāʾ
CountryYemen
Archaeological contextAgricultural irrigation context: Dam or retaining structure
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Avanzini et al. 1994: 28-29, pl. 10/2Avanzini, Alessandra, Bāfaqīh, Muḥammad ʿA., Bāṭāyiʿ, Aḥmed and Robin, Christian J. 1994. Materiali per il Corpus Qatabanico. Raydān, 6: 17-36.
Bāfaqīh 1994 a: 16-20, pl. 4/aBāfaqīh, Muḥammad ʿA. 1994. Nuqūš wa-dalālāt. Raydān, 6: 6-26. [Arabic section]