Votive plaque inscribed with Sabaean dedication

Date: ca. late 1st millennium B.C.

Geography: Southwestern Arabia

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 10 7/8 × W. 6 × D. 1/2 in. (27.6 × 15.2 × 1.3 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Reliefs-Inscribed

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.