Votive plaque inscribed with Sabaean dedication

ca. late 1st millennium B.C.
Southwestern Arabia
Copper alloy
H. 10 7/8 × W. 6 × D. 1/2 in. (27.6 × 15.2 × 1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
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.