A SOUTH ARABIAN BRONZE BOWL
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Hemispherical in form, decorated on the interior in repoussé and enhanced with incision with a repeating motif comprised of a standing figure in profile to the right wearing a kilt and an elaborate stepped headdress, a ritual bucket hanging from his lowered left hand, the right raised, alternating with a motif of animals or monsters flanking a tree of life, separated by a band of two wavy lines, including griffins with hedgehogs above, felines with rosettes above, bovines with busts of deities above, ibexes with a hedgehog, a bird and a snake above, goats with hares above, a band of guilloche encircling the bowl below the rim, a later, 3rd century A.D. inscription above one of the figures, reading: "hand (of) Dharihil Yashabul," guilloche around the tondo, with a star within a star encircled by petals, an inscription on the rim, reading: "Yabahal Siran dedicated (this);" the exterior with an incised decorative foliate band along a section below the rim
10 in. (25.4 cm.) diameter; 3½ in. (8.9 cm.) high