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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 45

    A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE PILLAR STELA FOR AWS SAYIL

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE PILLAR STELA FOR AWS SAYIL
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Rectangular in form, sculpted at the upper end with a male head in high relief, the spade shaped face with a square jaw, bordered by a groove indicating the beard, the overhanging brows merging with the prominent triangular nose, the thick lips slightly parted, the ears in low relief, the almond-shaped eyes inlaid in shell(?), additional inlays for the pupils now missing, a Qatabanite inscription below identifying the deceased as Aws Sayil
    23 in. (58.4 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    French Private Collection, 1970s.