Calcite Funerary Stela

1st Century BC

Found Timna, Yemen

Height: c. 32 cm

Width: c. 26 cm

Calcite funerary stela showing the upper torso of a female figure; inscribed along the stepped base; drilled irises and grooved eyebrows originally held inlays (missing). The figure is shown in a characteristic pose, with a raised right hand and the left hand holding a stylised sheaf of wheat, a symbol of fertility.

  • Inscription Language

    Qatabanic
  • Inscription Transliteration

    ʾbnm ḏt Mḥḍrm
    (Avanzini 2004, pp. 328)
  • Inscription Translation

    Abnam, daughter of Mahdaram.

Source: British Museum

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