12 December 2002
THE PROPERTY OF DANIEL M. FRIEDENBERG
A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE BUST OF YEDÎ'BÊL
Circa Mid 2nd Century A.D.
From a funerary relief, the deceased depicted wearing a mantle over a tunic, his right hand folded at his waist and holding a set of keys, one of which is inscribed in Greek, AIOΨ, a large footed chalice filled with fruit held in his left hand, the man depicted with a beard of swirling strands and a full head of curving locks brushed forward, his large detailed eyes with incised irises and dotted pupils, a three-line inscription to the right of his head identifying the deceased reading, "Yedî'bêl son of Yadbai, alas"
21¼ in. (54 cm) high
Photographed and published in Damascus in 1897
Published as part of the collection of Consular General of German citizenship named M. Asfar, resident of Damascus, 1910
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
This inscription is identified as CIS ii 4491.
Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewellery at Christie’s in New York, on the 'dramatic' ring with which David Rockefeller proposed to Peggy in 1940
A guide to arguably South America’s most famous artist, whose work addresses everything from domestic life to bullfighting