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Votive or funerary stele

ca. late 1st millennium B.C.
Southwestern Arabia
Alabaster (gypsum)
H. 13 1/8 × W. 6 3/8 × D. 2 3/4 in. (33.4 × 16.2 × 7 cm) Base: H. 4 1/16 in. × W. 6 3/8 in. × D. 2 3/4 in. (10.3 × 16.2 × 7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear Jr. Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.317.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
This highly polished alabaster stele is made of two pieces. A smooth undecorated slab sits in a socket carved into a stepped base. Inscribed in Sabaic letters in two rows on the base is “DRMT SFLYN.” This name, "Dhurmat (of the clan) Safalin” identifies the person, perhaps a woman, who dedicated the monument. The shapes of the letters allows us to date this object to the late first millennium B.C.
Before 1967, private collection, Aden; acquired by the Museum in 1982, purchased from Geoffrey Turner, Ancient Art, Amsterdam.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 113 (Jul. 1,1982 - Jun. 30, 1983), p. 19.

Harper, Prudence O. 1982–1983. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), pp. 4-5.
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