Sabean art artifacts

Sabean art - Sabean head - South Arabian art
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Bitumen in Amlash Luristan funnel bronze ring with cobalt blue color, 1st millenium B.C.  Bitumen is used in ancient Mesopotamia. Private collection

Bitumen in Amlash Luristan funnel bronze ring with cobalt blue color, 1st millenium B.C. Bitumen is used in ancient Mesopotamia. Private collection

Roman bronze camel pendant from necklace, 5th century A.D. Arabia Roman bronze necklace with pendands in shape of camel, oil lamp, vase and Harpocrates, 1.7 cm high. Private collection

Roman bronze camel pendant from necklace, 5th century A.D. Arabia Roman bronze necklace with pendands in shape of camel, oil lamp, vase and Harpocrates, 1.7 cm high. Private collection

Roman bronze camel from necklace, 5th century A.D. Arabia Roman bronze necklace with pendands in shape of camel, oil lamp, vase and Harpocrates, 3 cm high max. Private collection

Roman bronze camel from necklace, 5th century A.D. Arabia Roman bronze necklace with pendands in shape of camel, oil lamp, vase and Harpocrates, 3 cm high max. Private collection

Sabaean incense burner or pipe, 3rd-2nd century B.C. Consists of a body in the form of the head of Selinus or the Egyptian god Bes, single support foot at back with bowl or opening at top of head with small hole at bottom exiting the satyr's open mouth, another small opening at the top of the bowl exits through the center hole of the spout at top, five other holes around it, 14,5 cm long. Private collection

Sabaean incense burner or pipe, 3rd-2nd century B.C. Consists of a body in the form of the head of Selinus or the Egyptian god Bes, single support foot at back with bowl or opening at top of head with small hole at bottom exiting the satyr's open mouth, another small opening at the top of the bowl exits through the center hole of the spout at top, five other holes around it, 14,5 cm long. Private collection

South Arabian calcite libation table, 7th-6th century B.C. Rectangular table sculpted on three sides in three horizontal registers,  bottom register with an inscription reading  (Rt) 'b-wkl/bn/'b-'ns/s (Fnt) l'/c ttr/b'sn/yr (Lft) 'b/b-ywm/Smh-'mr, "Ab-wakil, the son of Ab-anas, dedicated (this item) to 'Athtar Ba'san (=the Brave??), (when) he  an agreement/contract, in thetime of Sumhu-amir,"  one side with bull head, 38.9 cm long. Private collection

South Arabian calcite libation table, 7th-6th century B.C. Rectangular table sculpted on three sides in three horizontal registers, bottom register with an inscription reading (Rt) 'b-wkl/bn/'b-'ns/s (Fnt) l'/c ttr/b'sn/yr (Lft) 'b/b-ywm/Smh-'mr, "Ab-wakil, the son of Ab-anas, dedicated (this item) to 'Athtar Ba'san (=the Brave??), (when) he an agreement/contract, in thetime of Sumhu-amir," one side with bull head, 38.9 cm long. Private collection

South Arabian stone figure, Bronze Age, 3rd-2nd millenium B.C. The abstract figure standing with the arms folded across the waist, the shoulders sharply angled, a raised ridge encircling hips, perhaps a belt, stylized genitalia prominent, a groove between the short legs, toes slightly protruding, face spade shaped and off set from cylindrical head, the nose triangular, 29.2 cm high. Private collection

South Arabian stone figure, Bronze Age, 3rd-2nd millenium B.C. The abstract figure standing with the arms folded across the waist, the shoulders sharply angled, a raised ridge encircling hips, perhaps a belt, stylized genitalia prominent, a groove between the short legs, toes slightly protruding, face spade shaped and off set from cylindrical head, the nose triangular, 29.2 cm high. Private collection

South Arabian limestone incense burner, 1st century A.D.  With a pyramidal pedestal base inscribed on two sides with five rows of Old South Arabian reading, "Abd-il and Dhakhirum, the sons of Nihmayan, clients servants of (the clan) Dhu-Shar'an, have [dedicate]ed to Athtar [with]in Hidrum an incense-altar and two statues for their well-being, and the well-being of their ... and their increase, for child[ren] and prosperity," 55.2 cm high. Private collection

South Arabian limestone incense burner, 1st century A.D. With a pyramidal pedestal base inscribed on two sides with five rows of Old South Arabian reading, "Abd-il and Dhakhirum, the sons of Nihmayan, clients servants of (the clan) Dhu-Shar'an, have [dedicate]ed to Athtar [with]in Hidrum an incense-altar and two statues for their well-being, and the well-being of their ... and their increase, for child[ren] and prosperity," 55.2 cm high. Private collection

South Arabia bronze female figure, 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Hollow cast, standing with her sandaled feet hip-distance apart atop a three-tiered rectangular plinth, wearing a tightly-fitted sheath with a belted bell-shaped skirt falling to mid calf, accentuating the pronounced nipples of her small breasts, her rounded buttocks protruding below the arch in her lower back, 47 cm high. Private collection

South Arabia bronze female figure, 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Hollow cast, standing with her sandaled feet hip-distance apart atop a three-tiered rectangular plinth, wearing a tightly-fitted sheath with a belted bell-shaped skirt falling to mid calf, accentuating the pronounced nipples of her small breasts, her rounded buttocks protruding below the arch in her lower back, 47 cm high. Private collection

South Arabian bronze measure, 1st-2nd  century A.D. Standing on four legs, the right foreleg slightly advanced, the head with projecting ears and short, tapering, curving horns, the dewlap ridged, a collar around the neck tied at the back, supporting a pendant or bell, the eyes with large pupils and shallow arched brows, the long straight tail angled inwards, 23.5 cm long. Private collection

South Arabian bronze measure, 1st-2nd century A.D. Standing on four legs, the right foreleg slightly advanced, the head with projecting ears and short, tapering, curving horns, the dewlap ridged, a collar around the neck tied at the back, supporting a pendant or bell, the eyes with large pupils and shallow arched brows, the long straight tail angled inwards, 23.5 cm long. Private collection

South Arabian bronze measure, 5th-1st century B.C.   Cast in one piece, cylindrical in form with raised bands at the rim and base, and a long vertical handle, the four short feet flush with the raised band, a South Arabian inscription in raised relief with the name of the owner, reading Ilsa'ad lineage of 'Asa'Ad, 17.1 cm high. Private collection

South Arabian bronze measure, 5th-1st century B.C. Cast in one piece, cylindrical in form with raised bands at the rim and base, and a long vertical handle, the four short feet flush with the raised band, a South Arabian inscription in raised relief with the name of the owner, reading Ilsa'ad lineage of 'Asa'Ad, 17.1 cm high. Private collection

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