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Votive plaque inscribed with Sabaean dedication

Date:
ca. late 1st millennium B.C.
Geography:
Southwestern Arabia
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 27.3 cm, W. 14.6 cm
Classification:
Metalwork-Reliefs-Inscribed
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.169
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
This votive plaque with a raised border around its edges has a Sabaean dedicatory inscription. While the worship of aniconic images was widespread among South Arabian cultures, the precise significance of the inscription as a cult object is uncertain. The practice of dedicating the inscription itself, as opposed to placing the inscription on an object intended for dedication, is a departure from the contemporary customs of greater Mesopotamia and Iran.
Formerly collection of Gaspard Menak (until d. early 1980s); by descent to Mrs. Aharanian-Menak, Paris (until 1993); acquired by the Museum in 1993, purchased from Robert Haber, New York.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 123 (Jul. 1,1992 - Jun. 30, 1993), p. 15.
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