Large funerary stone, inscribed in the Hasaean dialect using a variety of South Arabian monumental script, with three inscribed lines for the man Matmat, that records both patrilineal and matriarchal descent. Translated by Dr. A. Jamme, it reads:
nfs/wqbr/mtmt/ 1: Tombstone and grave of Matmat,
bn/zrbbt/'lt/'h/ 2: son of Zurubbat, those of 'Ah-
ns/d't/'b/s'd 3: nas, her of the father of Sa'ad-
'b/ 4: 'ab.
The southern Arabian states organized the ancient trade routes which traversed the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the eastern expanses.
Published: A. Jamme, W. F. " Sabean and Hasaean Inscriptions from Saudi Arabia" (1966) Instituto Di Studi Del Vicino Oriente, Universuta di Roma, pg. 74, pl. XVII, Ja 1048. Dr. Jamme writes: "inscription presumably found by Aramco workmen. The photograph appears to have been taken at the Company Camp at Ras Tanura, not far from Jawan; and the stone may have come from the same area" (J.P. Mandaville's letter of January 10, 1962)". Note: Mr. James Mandaville, Jr. began to undertake epigraphic research as his pastime and forwarded all inscriptions to Dr. Jamme.
Condition: A minor loss to the face of the inscription together with a small loss to the base, neither losses impact the overall example. Museum quality custom mount. A large and impressive example.
Dimensions: Width: 24.4 inches ( 62 centimeters), Height: 10 inches (25.5cm)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection since 1974, acquired from the trade. This object will be accompanied with the publication by Dr. Jamme, signed by the author and dedicated to the previous owner.