A Rare Sabean, Ancient South Arabian Carved Ivory Dagger Handle

A Rare Sabean, Ancient South Arabian Carved Ivory Dagger Handle

200 BC to 100 BC South Arabian

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A Rare Sabean, Ancient South Arabian Carved Ivory Dagger Handle
South Yemen
2nd – 1st Century BC

Size : 8 cm high, 3.5 cm wide, 2.5 cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 1½ ins wide, 1 ins deep
Provenance : Ex English Private collection

See : Finch and Co catalogue no. 6, item no. 1, for an example of an ancient Sabean alabaster.
The carved portrait head on this dagger handle is probably that of a priest or dignitary and from the quality of the carving its possible use was in sacrificial rituals. A large alabaster Stele from al Jûba in the South Yemen and now in the Saba museum details a priest with one hand raised, the other holding a staff, and wearing a dagger in his belt.



Dimensions
Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Width 3.50 cm (1.38 inches)
Depth 2.50 cm (0.98 inches)
Medium
Ivory
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