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Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic)

This script was mostly used in the south of Arabia and is attributed to the first millennium BC. It later spread to north and found mostly on the ancient trade routes. It consisted of 29 letters and is written in a monumental style.


Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic) inscription (1)
Tombstone
Haza'a nabt al (name of the deceased)
51cm x 35cm x 12cm
NMSA: 828
Written from right to left. Tombstones from this period have circles like the ones shown on this stone.
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Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic) inscription (2)
34cm x 27cm x 12cm
NMSA: 878
Written from right to left.
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Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic) inscription (3)
29cm x 23cm x 10cm
NMSA: 807
Script is missing on all sides of this stone.
Written from right to left.
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Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic) inscription (4)
29cm x 23cm x 10cm
NMSA: 944-3-2
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Musnad al Janubi (South Arabic) inscription (5)
Tombstone
30cm x 30cm x 10cm
NMSA: 831
Written on a tomb in southern Saudi Arabia, this inscription reads from right to left, and progresses from top to bottom; note the line marks to delineate the breaks between words.
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Pre-Islamic Exhibit: Origin & Develpment | Thamudic | Lihyanite | Safaitic | Musnad al Janubi
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