CSAI

Corpus of Qatabanic Inscriptions


al-Hajj, Mohammad
al-Hajj 2015: 142, fig. 22

INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Qatabanic » Central Qatabanic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Writing techniqueIncision
Measure of letters4
Chronology
PeriodB2
Textual typologyDedicatory text - fragmentary

TEXT


   1  [... ... ḏt] (Ṣn)tm (s¹) [... ...]
   2  [... ...] (ʿ)(m) (Ḥ)wkm nfs¹-s¹ w-ʾḏn-s¹ w-bn-s¹ww Ys²rḥʿm[ ... ...]
   3  [... ...] w-b Khlm bʿl Qrytm w-b ḏ-S¹mw bʿl [... ...]
   4  [... ... ḏ]t Ḥmym w-b mrʾ-s¹ S²hr Hll Yhnʿm ml(k) [... ...]
   5  [... ...] (b)-s²ʿb-s¹ Bklm ḏ-Mrymtm w-b ʾḫh-s¹(w)[w ... ...]
   6  [... ...](bn) (ms¹n)krm (w)-m(s¹)f(ʾy)m b(n) b(r)[ṯ-s¹ ... ...]

Apparatus
5bklm could also be a substantive: "people, colonists".
6The editor restored s¹]bn.

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  [......] ḏt Ṣntm s¹[......]
   2  [......] (ʿm) (Ḥ)wkm, his life, his faculties, and his sons Ys²rḥʿm [......]
   3  [......] and Khlm, the Lord of Qrytm, and by ḏ-S¹mw, the Lord of [......]
   4  [......] ḏt Ḥmym and by the lord S²hr Hll Yhnʿm, king of [......]
   5  [......] by his tribe Bklm ḏ-Mrymtm and by his brothers [......]
   6  [......] against everyone who may damage it or may move it from its place.

OBJECT INFORMATION

Support typeStone inscription
MaterialMarble
Measuresh. 25, w. 35, th. 6
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin and provenance
Modern siteHajar al-ʿĀdī / Maryama
Ancient siteMrymtm
Geographical areaWādī Ḥarīb
CountryYemen
Archaeological contextReligious context
NotesThe inscription was found by an inhabitant of al-ʿĀdī in situ, and then brought to his house.
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CULTURAL NOTES

This is a very interesting inscription. In addition to citing the name of the king, we have the god ḏ-Smwy invoked after the god of Qaryat al-Faw and the name of the tribe to which the author belonged: Bklm ḏ-Mrymtm.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

al-Hajj 2011: 133-152, photoal-Hajj, Mohammed 2011. Qariyat ḏāt Kahl (al-Fāw ḥalyān) fi ḍawʾ naqš qitbānī ǧadīd (al-ʿĀdī 5). Silsila mudāwalāt ʿilmiyya muḥakama li-l-liqāʾ al-sanawī li-l-ǧamʿiyyah (Ǧamʿiya al‐Tārīḫ wa-l-āṯār bi-duwal Maǧlis al-Taʿāwun li-Duwal al-Ḫalīǧ al-ʿArabiyya), 12: 133-152.
al-Hajj 2015: 142-159, figs 21-22 and facsimileal-Hajj, Mohammed 2015. Nuqūš qatabāniyya min Haǧar al-ʿĀdī (Maryama qadīman). Dirāsa fī dalālāti-hā al-luġawiyya wa-l-dīniyya al-taʾriḫiyya. (King Saud University). (Series of Refereed Studies, 4).