Framed on all four sides, a row of dentils above, with perforations at each corner for attachment and with twelve lines of Sabaean text in raised relief, reading:
Yan'im and his brother and their sons the Banu Rasham have dedicated to their god Labhan, the bull of the West, in his sanctuary dhu-Samiʿān, an inscription which he has commanded for them in his ba’l, for their well-being and the well-being of all that they have acquired and will acquire, and so that Labhan increases their prosperity and favor and health and strength, and that he will remove from them all evil and evil spells, malevolence, slanders, and marauders of all enemies, far and near.
German private collection,
This votive plaque has a dedicatory
inscription. The South Arabian practice of dedicating the inscription itself,
as opposed to placing the inscription on an object intended for dedication,
is unusual amongst contemporary practices of the Pre-Islamic Middle East.
For similar, see S. Simpson, (ed.), Queen of
Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen, London, 2002, pp. 63-64, cat.31.