Sarcophagus with Aramaic inscription for Queen Sadan (Queen Helena?) from Jerusalem (JLM0128)

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Title

Sarcophagus with Aramaic inscription for Queen Sadan (Queen Helena?) from Jerusalem (JLM0128)

Description

Limestone sarcophagus with a two-line Aramaic inscription for Queen Sadan (or Tsadan), possibly to be identified with Queen Helena of Adiabene (in Mesopotamia) from the Tomb of the Kings in the upper Kidron Valley, dated to the 1st c. CE.

Source

Publisher

CIIP1: 123

Date

Rights

Image rights
Image A: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Hanay, WikiMedia Commons
Image B: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Coyau, WikiMediaCommons
Images C & D: Drawing in de Saulcy, 1865, pp. 377, 385

Format

Limestone

Language

Identifier

JLM0128

Sarcophagus or Ossuary Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

H 57cm
W 205cm

Decoration

Two stone disks on each long side, and one on each short side, all within a frame. The two line Aramaic inscription is located between the two stone disks on the facade. Vaulted lid.

Summary of contents

de Saulcy (1865, 375-410) recorded the skeletal remains of a woman wrapped in a decorated shroud, which largely disintegrated after the sarcophagus was opened.

Language

Diplomatic

צדן מלכתא
צדה מלכתה

Edition

ṣdn mlktʾ | ṣdh mlkth

Translation

Sadan the queen. Sada the queen.

Findspot

Tomb of the Kings, Wadi Joz

Current Location (if known)

Museum of the Louvre, Paris, inv. no. AO 5029

Name 1

Role 1

Name 2

Role 2

Selected Bibliography

CIIP1=Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae, volume I: Jerusalem: a multi-lingual corpus of the inscriptions from Alexander to Muhammad, Ameling et. al. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2014. pp.165-167, no.123.

de Saulcy, F. 1865. Voyae en Terre Sainte. Paris. (pp.375-410)

Citation

“Sarcophagus with Aramaic inscription for Queen Sadan (Queen Helena?) from Jerusalem (JLM0128),” WIRE: Women in the Roman East Project, accessed April 24, 2019, http://www.wireproject.org/items/show/294.

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