A Large and Rare Sabean, ancient South Arabian Alabaster Figure of a Priest

A Large and Rare Sabean, ancient South Arabian Alabaster Figure of a Priest

2 BC to 1 South Arabian

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These ancient stylised alabaster sculptures of private individuals are a distinctive feature of South Arabian art . This figure most probably represents an important private individual or a priest rather than a royal figure , and the sculpture may have been set up inside his tomb .
Acting as funerary stele these sculpture had white shell or coloured stone inlays in the eye sockets , and were originally set into niches in large limestone blocks that were inscribed with the name of the deceased .
Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum
For a very similar example see British Museum No. : Ane 2002-1-14,4. Presented by Jonathan Hassell
Dimensions
Height 36.00 cm (14.17 inches)
Width 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Medium
Alabaster
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