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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 42

    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE VOTIVE PLAQUE

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE VOTIVE PLAQUE
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    Likely from the right-hand side-panel of a rectangular offering stand, cast with two registers in raised relief, each register with two male figures in right profile flanking a petalled rosette, the figures bearded, with a prominent nose and long wavy hair, each standing on a plinth with one leg forward, wearing a pleated kilt, the figure on the top left wearing baggy trousers, a ritual bucket in the extended left hand of each, the right arm raised in greeting, an Old South Arabian inscription along the border between the registers with three proper names, reading: "Ab-'alay, Aws-'azz, Kalban;" a square perforation along the top register for attachment
    11½ in. (29.2 cm.) wide


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    For a related bronze relief, depicting a military victory, see no. 26 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.

    Provenance

    Vienna Private Collection, 1980.