Description: Circa 4th century BC
This large funerary stone is inscribed in the Hasaean dialect using a variety of South Arabian monumental script, with three inscribed lines for the man Matmat, that records both patrilineal and matriarchal descent. Translated by Dr. A. Jamme, it reads:
nfs/wqbr/mtmt/ 1: Tombstone and grave of Matmat,
bn/zrbbt/'lt/'h/ 2: son of Zurubbat, those of 'Ah-
ns/d't/'b/s'd 3: nas, her of the father of Sa'ad-
b/ 4: 'ab.
Location of Origin: Middle East / Western Asia / Northern Africa
Dimensions: Width: 24.4 inches ( 62 centimeters), Height: 10 inches (25.5cm)
Primary Classification: Ancient Art : Near Eastern / Middle Eastern
Expertise: Condition: A minor loss to the face of the inscription together with a small loss to the base, neither losses impact the overall example. Museum quality custom mount. A large and impressive example.
Published: A. Jamme, W. F. Sabean and Hasaean Inscriptions from Saudi Arabia (1966) Instituto Di Studi Del Vicino Oriente, Universuta di Roma, pg. 74, pl. XVII, Ja 1048. Dr. Jamme writes: "Inscription presumably found by Aramco workmen. The photograph appears to have been taken at the Company Camp at Ras Tanura, not far from Jawan; and the stone may have come from the same area" (J.P. Mandaville's letter of January 10, 1962)." Mr. James Mandaville, Jr. began to undertake epigraphic research as his pastime and forwarded all inscriptions to Dr. Jamme.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection since 1974, acquired from the trade, prior provenance unknown but found prior to 1962. This object will be accompanied with the publication by Dr. Jamme, signed by the author and dedicated to the previous owner.
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