11 June 2003
TWO SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE FIGURES
Circa 7th-6th Century B.C.
Each depicted seated on a block stool, with simple tapering bodies, the hands projecting forward, the toes and fingers incised, with small protruding breasts, each with flaring hair, incised eyes and a long straight nose, one with a pointed chin, and one preserving red pigment on the hands and feet
9 in. (22.8 cm) high for the larger (2)
European Private Collection
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
For three similar figures see pp. 158-159 in Robin and Vogt, eds., Yémen, Au pays de la reine de Saba.
Specialist Sarah Reynolds highlights the sumptuous work of the Pre-Raphaelites’ second and third generations
Specialist Camille de Foresta explains how these two large beasts were made some 1,000 years ago to accompany their Chinese owner into the afterlife