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Votive or funerary stele

Date:
ca. late 1st millennium B.C.
Geography:
Southwestern Arabia
Medium:
Alabaster (gypsum)
Dimensions:
9 5/8 x 4 in. (24.5 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Sculpture-Inscribed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear Jr. Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.317.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
This highly polished alabaster stele is made of two pieces. A smooth undecorated slab sits in a socket carved into a stepped base. Inscribed in Sabaic letters in two rows on the base is “DRMT SFLYN.” This name, "Dhurmat (of the clan) Safalin” identifies the person, perhaps a woman, who dedicated the monument. The shapes of the letters allows us to date this object to the late first millennium B.C.
Before 1967, private collection, Aden; acquired by the Museum in 1982, purchased from Geoffrey Turner, Ancient Art, Amsterdam.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 113 (Jul. 1,1982 - Jun. 30, 1983), p. 19.

Harper, Prudence O. 1982–1983. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), pp. 4-5.
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