13 October 2008
PROPERTY FROM A DECEASED ESTATE
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)
Property from the deceasd estate of a British administrator, Aden, acquired between 1952-1966.
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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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