8 June 2005
A PARTHIAN ALABASTER FEMALE FIGURE
CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
The sensuous nude woman depicted reclining to her left, supported by her bent left arm, holding a cup in her left hand, her right arm extending along her side, the fingertips resting on her thigh, the hair once finished in a secondary material, the almond-shaped eyes inlaid, the arching brows merging into the slender nose, the fleshy lips closed, adorned with a necklace with four gold rosettes preserved, ghosts of armlets and anklets also preserved
8¼ in. (21 cm.) long
American Private Collection.
Acquired by the current owner in 1981.
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For similar examples in the Metropolitan Museum see fig. 90, pp. 118-119 in Milleker, ed., The Year One, Art of the Ancient World East and West, and fig. 769 in Stewart, Greek Sculpture.
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