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Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian
Qataban, southern Arabian Peninsula (Yemen)
ca. 2nd century BCE
Alabaster
H: 31.5; W: 13.5 cm
Bequest of Joseph Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 87.160.630

Qataban was an ancient Yemeni kingdom whose capital was named Timna. Like most other Old South-Arabian kingdoms it gained great wealth through the trade of frankincense and myrrh, which were spices burned as incense at altars. Qatabanian was a Semitic language spoken in Yemen between 100 BC and 600 AD.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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