South Arabian Thematic Path

The relation between text and decoration is fundamental in the South Arabian culture. Many artefacts were inscribed: funerary stelae and statuettes with the name of the deceased, decorated plaques placed in the temples as ex votos, which account for the offering, but also objects of cult with dedications to the gods or personal furniture recording the name of the owner. The writing itself could be an element of decoration, thanks to the elegant shape of the South Arabian letters in all stages of the evolution of the script, as far as the writing in relief with its impressive effect of light and shade. Learn more or browse the other thematic paths on the menu on the left after clicking on the link below.

Writing and decoration in Ancient South Arabia