Near the south end of Petra, close to the jinn rocks that mark the southern side of the Sacred Area are a series of tombs seldom visited by tourists.
In one tomb there are twelve graves cut into the floor. In that tomb are two reliefs, but one has to step over the pits in the floor and turn around to see them. In the first relief two 1.53 m and 1.62 m long snakes crawl from bottom to top across the wall. The right snake has grabbed the rear leg of a quadruped animal which has its tail stretched upwards, while the left snake approaches its head. Are these snakes the guardians of the graves or do they represent evil?
The second, smaller relief shows an approximately 50 cm long horse with clearly recognizable bridles, which carries a high cube. Is this cube a person, some cargo, or a square block idol? It is thought that such idols representing the divine were carried by the Nabataeans in processions.
It was not until 1907 that the German researcher Gustaf Dalman was made aware of the tomb. Therefore it was not included in the earlier catalogue of Brünnow & von Domaszewski, and for this reason registered only as D 47 today.
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