South Arabian Sabaean alabaster headW74
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.
Southern Arabia, Sabaean, c. 3rd to 1st Century BC
Fragment as shown
7.6 x 4.1 cms, 12 cms including stand
Ex. private collection, Broughton Astley , Leicestershire, UK; acquired late 20th Century
Mounted on a green marble display block