11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 15,000
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
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.
French Private Collection, 1975.
Anonymous sale; Boisgirard, Hôtel Drouot, 17 December 2008, lot. 15.