6 December 2007
AN EDOMITE ALABASTER COSMETIC PALETTE
CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
Square in form with rounded corners, crowned by a projecting head with large articulated eyes, a straight nose and slit mouth, the details incised, including plaited hair tied in a band, each narrow side with the arms draped in a garment patterned with concentric squares, each fist holding lotus flowers, the edges of the front and back with a band of dotted circles enclosed within double lines, the head perforated horizontally
6¾ in. (17.1 cm.) long
Swiss Private Collection, 1980s.
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For a related example see no. 138 in Spycket, The Human Form Divine.
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