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Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian

Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun  goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian

Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian

Alabaster

H: 31.5; W: 13.5 cm

Accession number:

87.160.630

Archaeology/Western Asiatic Antiquities

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.