South Arabian Alabaster Portrait Head

(Holy Land, 1st - 10th Century)

South Arabian Alabaster Portrait Head
5501 N. Federal Highway - Suite Four
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South Arabian Alabaster Portrait Head

A Sabaean, South Arabian Alabaster Male Portrait Head cut flat with an oval shaped face and rounded forehead. The recessed eyes are carved for inlay, with arching incised brows and long angular nose and small mouth. These sculptures are among the most familiar and most highly prized products of the South Arabian fringe, the area which now lies within Yemen. Circa 1st Century C.E. The nose was repaired but otherwise in very good condition.

WIDTH: 4 in | HEIGHT: 8 in | DEPTH: 4 in

Origin Holy Land
Category Antiquities
Circa1st Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: Nose repaired as seen in images

THB REF: 2442187398 DEALER REF: 1199420

Commentary

"The Sabaean people were South Arabian people. Each of these had regional kingdoms in ancient Yemen, with the Minaeans in the north in Wādī al-Jawf, the Sabeans on the south western tip, stretching from the highlands to the sea, the Qatabānians to the east of them and the Ḥaḑramites east of them. The Sabaeans, like the other Yemenite kingdoms of the same period, were involved in the extremely lucrative spice trade, especially frankincense and myrth. Some scholars suggest a link between the Sabaeans and the Biblical land of Sheba. "

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