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Inscribed Sabaean Limestone Plank Stele, 2nd/3rd Ct BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1249065
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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South Arabian funerary stele carved in high relief with a stylized human head.
The flat face shows merged eyebrows, a heavy nose and rhomboid eyes with marked irises. The mouth in detailed with a horizontal slit while the ears are neatly carved and asymmetrically set. The forehead is topped by a line to render the hair or a veil, the cheeks with a vestigial beard.
A Sabaean inscription with the name of the deceased reading ŠYB | ẒHRN underneath.
Literature: St. John Simpson (ed). Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen. Exhibition catalogue. London 2002.
Limestone
H. 41 cm (16.1 in)
Sabaean, South Arabia, 2nd/3rd Century AD
Intact and a good example. Some roughness and chipping on the edges. With remains of red pigment used to render the color of the male skin.
English private collection, acquired 40 years ago (data to the buyer)

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