11 December 2003
A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE PILLAR STELE
Circa 2nd Century B.C.-2nd Century A.D.
Rectangular in form, sculpted at the upper end with the head of a bearded man in high relief, his beard and hair both rendered by echeloned curls, with a sharp brow, long triangular nose and thin, closed lips, the eyes raised with the pupils deeply recessed, an inscription below identifying the deceased
12¾ in. (32.4 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 7 December 2001, lot 167.
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For funerary stele of this type see nos. 279-280 in Simpson, Queen of Sheba, Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
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