8 June 2005
A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE PILLAR STELA FOR SALM
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Rectangular in form, sculpted at the upper end with the head of a man in relief, his beard neatly trimmed and incised, his spade-shaped face with slightly arching brows, a long triangular nose and thin closed lips, the almond-shaped eyes inlaid in light stone with dark stone for the pupils, an inscription below identifying the deceased as Salm, preserving red pigment throughout
15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high
American Private Collection.
Acquired by the current owner in 1980.
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For other funerary stele of similar style see nos. 265 & 279-280 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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