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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 57

    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER ANTHROPOMORPHIC STELE

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

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER ANTHROPOMORPHIC STELE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a stylized rectangular face, with the facial features sculpted in raised relief, including large heavy-lidded almond-shaped eyes, the pupils articulated, perhaps once inlaid, the arching brows below a prominent raised forehead, merging with the bridge of the long triangular nose, the small mouth with pursed lips, the top, side, and back of the head roughly chiseled
    19½ in. (49.5 cm.) high


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    For a similar example from the Tamna' cemetery see no. 276 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.

    Provenance

    North American Private Collection, 1960s.