Ritual sacrifice, ancient insults and sacred fire: 2 million years of history – in pictures
Arabian hand Bronze, 100–300, Yemen. The engraving on this bronze Arabian hand names a local god, who was worshipped in a Yemeni hill town about 100–300. The town’s name was Riyam and the name of the god was Ta’lab Riyam, meaning ‘the strong one of Riyam’. He was entrusted with looking after the local population and one of his devotees gave the hand to him as an offering. The broken little finger and the unusually spoon-shaped nails suggest that this hand was cast from life.