8 June 2007
A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER MALE HEAD
CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
Likely from a standing figure, the oval face smoothly polished, with recessed arching brows, the almond-shaped lidded eyes with articulated pupils, perhaps once inlaid, a long triangular nose and a small mouth, the beard and mustache rendered by stippling, the top and back of the head roughly chiseled, perhaps once more fully rendered in plaster
5½ in. (14 cm.) high
German Private Collection, 1982.
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For a standing figure with a similar head see no. 264, p. 192 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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