Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE PILLAR STELA FOR ABDU
CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Rectangular in form, sculpted on the upper end of the obverse with the head of a man in relief, his closely-cropped hair square along his forehead, with sloping cheeks and a square jaw, framed by his ridged beard, with a thin straight mouth, slightly raised cheeks, and a long straight angular nose, his almond-shaped eyes raised, the pupils inlaid in dark stone, the ears formed of concentric half-circles, a three letter inscription below in Miniac identifying the deceased as "Abdu," preserving some red pigment throughout
13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm.) high
Art Market, U.A.E., 1990.
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For similar examples see nos. 270-271, pp. 194-195 in Simpson, The Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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