CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


By kind permission of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Minaic » Central Minaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Chronology
PeriodB
Textual typologyLegal text - fragmentary (conjectural)

TEXT


   1  [... ... ʾh](l) ʾmnhtn (h)n y[....]yn((ys¹mʿyn)) s²wʿy Wdm[ ... ...]
   2  [... ... ](Y)ṯl ftḥ ftḥ (ml)[k] Mʿnm (w)-[m]s³wd Mʿnm (f)[... ...]
   3  [... ... ]w-ḏ-wʿln((Wʿln)) w-ʾhl y[.]ḥrn((Yfḥrn)) b-ʾbytth-s¹m b-mḥr(m)[... ...]
   4  [... ... ḫm]s¹t (w)-[ʿs²]ry rb(m) k-(s²)[y](mn) (w)-(k) (n)gs²m b-ḥḏyth [... ...]
   5  [... ...](ḏ)lh[...]ʾ bn (m)ḥr[....](l )ḏ-ys¹ḥwr w-ḏ ʾḫr(h)[... ...]
   6  [... ... ]f-s¹ṭ[....](r)ʾb(y) w-l yngs²-s¹ b(ʿl) bytn ʾw ḏ-km(r)[... ...]
   7  [... ... ]wrḫ ftḥn w-mṯbtn ḏ-Nwr ḏ-kbrh ʿll ḏ-Ẓy[rn ... ...]

Apparatus
1It is impossible to verify the editors' reading ys¹(mʿ)yn on the basis of the available photographs.
3The variant readings and interpretations are those traditionally proposed by the editors. They cannot be verified. y[.]ḥrn might be restored y[s¹]ḥrn; cf. ḏ-ys¹ḥwr in l.4.
4ḫm]s¹t (w)-[ʿs²]ry: the reading is problematic. Integration by Hommel after Glaser's copy.
Müller reads: k-s²lʾws¹ ngs²m; Hommel k-s²(y)mn w-(k) (ʾ)gs²m. On basis of the KHM's photograph, we restore (n)gs²m.
5Previous readings: mḥr(mn kl )ḏ-ys¹ḥwr
6Previous readings: f-s¹ṭr [.]rʾby
7At the end of the line Müller suggests ḏ-Ẓy[rn].

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  [... ...] the group of ʾmnhtn when the two priests of Wdm notified [... ...]
   2  [... ...] Yṯl, the judicial order that decreed the king of Maʿīn and the Assembly of Maʿīn, and [... ...]
   3  [... ...] and of Wʿln and the people of Yfḥrn, in their houses, in the sanctuary of [... ...]
   4  [... ...] twenty-five rbm to the Patron and the chiefs according to [... ...]
   5  [... ...] from the temple all that he will decree and has prolonged (?) [... ...]
   6  [... ...] and they wrote [and] they decreed (?), and may the owner of the house (temple?) levy a tax upon him or [... ...]
   7  [... ...] month of the judicial order and of the decree: ḏ-Nwr, during the kabirate of ʿll ḏ-Ẓy[... ...]

OBJECT INFORMATION

DepositWien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Sem 10
Support typeStone inscription
MaterialStone
Measuresh. 26, w. 49
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin
Modern siteUnknown
Ancient siteUnknown
Geographical areaUnknown
CountryUnknown
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Müller, David H. 1899: pl. VMüller, David H. (ed.) 1899. Südarabische Altertümer im Kunsthistorischen Hofmuseum. Vienna: Alfred Hölder. [Im Auftrage und mit Unterstützung des Oberstlämmerer-Amtes seiner K. und K. Apost. Majestät]
Hommel 1899: 13-14Hommel, Fritz 1899. Die Südarabischen Altertümer (Eduard Glaser Sammlung) des Wiener Hofmuseums, und ihr Herausgeber Professor David Heinrich Müller. München: Verlag von Hermann Lukaschik.
RES VI: 165-167Ryckmans, Gonzague 1933. Répertoire d'épigraphie sémitique. Paris: Académie des inscriptions and belles-lettres - Imprimerie Nationale.
Garbini 1974 c: 99Garbini, Giovanni 1974. Iscrizioni sudarabiche. i. Iscrizioni minee. (Istituto universitario orientale di Napoli. Ricerche, 10). Naples: Istituto universitario orientale.