King Attibal

This painting depicts the death of King Attibal being placed in his sarcophagus.¬†On the lid of the sarcophagus, written in Phoenician is, “I am the son of Attibal, putting my father into the coffin for a second life.”
An inscription of 38 words is found on parts of the rim and the lid of the sarcophagus. It is written in the Old Phoenician dialect of Byblos and is the oldest witness to the Phoenician alphabet.
It is unknown how the sarcophagus ended up in Lebanon or who built it since it has three different designs. The bottom section is from Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), the middle from Egypt and the top from Phoenicia.