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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1

    THREE SOUTH ARABIAN INSCRIBED STONE PANELS

    2ND CENTURY B.C./A.D.

    Price Realised  

    THREE SOUTH ARABIAN INSCRIBED STONE PANELS
    2ND CENTURY B.C./A.D.
    Comprising a rectangular limestone panel with three lines of Old South Arabian script publicising a dedication made by two brothers under the aegis of the ruling King of Qataban, 1st Century B.C./A.D., 13½ x 5 5/8 in. (34.2 x 14.2 cm.); a smaller alabaster fragmentary panel bearing the middle section of five lines of an Old South Arabian text from an official inscription, recording a dedication by a member or members of the known Qatabanian clan Sawarat with a possible mention of a king, 2nd-1st Century B.C., 7½ x 8 in. (19 x 20.3 cm.) max.; and a Qatabanian rectangular alabaster funerary stele of plain form with a personal inscription across the projecting foot, 1st Century B.C./2nd Century A.D., probably Tamna, 5 in. (12.6 cm.) high; a South Arabian alabaster head, of stylized form with long nose and heavy brows, circa 1st Century B.C./A.D. or earlier, 8 1/8 in. (19.4 cm.) high; and an alabaster pestle with conical stone mortar, 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) long max. (6)


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    Reports accompany the first three items, with detailed translations of the text and a discussion on the subject. The first panel may name a hitherto unknown King of Qataban.

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    Please note that the lots of Iranian origin are subject to U.S. trade restrictions which currently prohibit the import into the United States. Similar restrictions may apply in other countries.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Items one-four: English private collection, given as a gift to the present owner in 1963, in the Western Aden Protectorate.
    Items five-six: acquired in 1971.


    Pre-Lot Text

    ORDER OF SALE

    Near Eastern Lots 1-24
    Bronze Age to Byzantine: Property from a German private Collection Lots 25-62 and 182
    Glass and Jewellery Lots 61-89
    Classical: Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein Lots 90-132
    Mediterranean World Lots 133-181
    Egyptian and Coptic Lots 182-237

    NEAR EASTERN
    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN