• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER AND BRONZE ALTAR

    CIRCA 5TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.

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    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER AND BRONZE ALTAR
    CIRCA 5TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
    In the form of a temple façade, eight frontal ibex heads along the pediment, framed by stylized windows at the corners, the central triple-recessed element centered by a separately-made bronze votive offering comprised of a standing figure wearing a long pleated skirt, the arms outstretched, the legs placed into a thin rectangular alabaster plinth, the back of the altar protruding for placement, perhaps in a niche
    14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high


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    For similar bronze votive figures see no. 227, p. 175 in Simpson, ed., Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.

    Provenance

    French Private Collection, 1975.
    Anonymous sale; Boisgirard, Hôtel Drouot, 17 December 2008, lot. 15.