9 December 2008
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
North American Private Collection, 1960s.
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For a similar example from the Tamna' cemetery see no. 276 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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