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Thu 23.02. - Wed 29.02. "al-Hamra stele"

On the upper side of this sandstone stele, two steps leave a central, risen rectangle. One of its larger sides bears an Aramaic inscription in relief, set below several astral and religious symbols, also rendered in relief. An elaborated winged sun and an Udjat-eye are still visible above an eight-pointed star and a moon crescent in the upper right half of the face.

  • al-Hamra stele, ca. 4th century BC, Sandstone, H: 102 cm, B: 45 cm, T: 16 cm, locality: Tayma’
    al-Hamra stele, ca. 4th century BC, Sandstone, H: 102 cm, B: 45 cm, T: 16 cm, locality: Tayma’
  • detailed view, al-Hamra stele
    detailed view, al-Hamra stele
  • detailed view, al-Hamra stele
    detailed view, al-Hamra stele

The votive inscription in honour of the god Valm establishes a direct reference to the Kingdom of Lihyan which dominated Tayma' over generations.

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