10 December 2004
A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER LIBATION TABLE
CIRCA 5TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
The upper surface of the rectangular table slightly recessed, on four short legs, a row of five joined ibexes projecting from one end, their heads and horns individualized, with long snouts and bulging eyes, the two outermost with their reclining bodies and large spiralling horns depicted in relief
10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) long
German Private Collection, 1970s.
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For a similar example, miniature in size, see no. 294, p. 203 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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