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South Arabian Sabaean alabaster head

W74

£500.00

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A carved alabaster head with recessed eyes for inlay. The sculpture is undecorated on the top and back, suggesting it was commissioned as a funerary portrait as these were usually displayed in a recess or niche in a wall.

Culture
Southern Arabia, Sabaean, c. 3rd to 1st Century BC

Condition
Fragment as shown

Size
7.6 x 4.1 cms, 12 cms including stand

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Broughton Astley , Leicestershire, UK; acquired late 20th Century

Mounted on a green marble display block

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