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Lundin A., Frantsouzoff S. An Inscribed Sabaean Bronze Altar from The British Museum // Петербургское востоковедение. Выпуск 9. СПб.: Центр «Петербургское Востоковедение», 1997. С. 384—391.


In July 1994 the authors of the present paper during their visit to the British Museum noted a fragmentary South Arabian bronze altar which bore a very interesting Sabaic text, and were surprised to discover that this inscribed artifact remained practically unknown to specialists on ancient Yemen. Only two rather short descriptions of this altar with some remarks on the contents of the inscription cast on it have appeared until now. The permit for its publication kindly granted by the British Museum gave an opportunity to introduce a new iconographic and epigraphic source on early Sabaean religion into the field of South Arabian studies. Though the exact provenance of this bronze altar has not been ascertained, it seems to come from Marib, capital of the Sabaean state mentioned in the epigraphy under the names of MRYB andMRB. In 1970 both fragments of the altar were auctioned at Christies and were purchased by the British Museum in rather poor condition because of strong oxidation (pl. I). By 1973, however, they had been cleaned in the Museum’s Research Laboratory “with most excellent results”...

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