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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 163

    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER AND LIMESTONE STELE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.

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    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER AND LIMESTONE STELE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.
    The alabaster shaft with concave top, set into a rectangular limestone base with traces of red pigment on three sides, the front with two line inscription, 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high; a South Arabian terracotta votive head, with long slit-like eyes, large hooked nose, open mouth and dimpled chin, mounted, 7th-4th Century B.C., 4 in. (10 cm.) high; a South Arabian limestone seated figure, probably 7th-6th Century B.C., 9½ in. (24 cm.) high; and a Western Asiatic grey diorite hemispherical bowl, 3rd millennium B.C., 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) diam. (4)


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    Item two: cf. S. J. Simpson (ed.), Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen, The British Museum, London, 2002, p. 204, no. 302 for a terracotta figure with similar facial features.

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    Provenance

    Property from the deceasd estate of a British administrator, Aden, acquired between 1952-1966.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DECEASED ESTATE