Date: ca. late 1st millennium B.C.
Geography: Southwestern Arabia
Medium: Copper alloy
Dimensions: H. 27.3 cm, W. 14.6 cm
Credit Line: Pfeiffer Fund, 1993
Accession Number: 1993.169
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.