Sabean art artifacts

Sabean art - Sabean head - South Arabian art
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South Arabian penitential tablet for a woman, 1st century A.D. Seven lines of Sabaean text in relief, reading 'Qalfum, daughter of Maltum has confessed (her sin) and done penance' to (the god) Dhu-Samawy, Lord of 'Adhnan, because she had menstruated in his temple. She (was) sent/exposed upon a mountain (?) through his oracle. So (then) she humbled herself and abased herself and paid (a fine?) [or 'was pardoned'], pierced in corners for attachment to the temple wall 20 cm high. Private…

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South Arabian bronze couple in a lovemaking scene, 2nd-3rd century A.D. Inscribed with names, 9 cm high. Private collection

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South Arabian gesso painted marble female votive figure, 1st century B.C. Standing frontally with the feet on a small rectangular integral plinth, wearing a long dress, with an applied layer of gesso, coloured with the details incised, the dress over the legs and around the upper arms with incised linear and cross-hatched bands, wearing strands of necklaces composed of triangular pendants and a large central crescentic pendant, holding a rectangular votive bowl, 79 cm high. Private…

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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

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South Arabian alabaster anthropomorphic inscribed stele, 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Of rectangular form, the face with stylised features including a long, prominent nose and small pursed mouth sculpted in raised relief, and large almond-shaped eyes recessed once for inlay, below a heavy horizontal ridged browline, the top, sides, and back of the head roughly finished, inscribed in Qatabanian for the deceased below the mouth, 38.7 cm high. Private collection

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South Arabian bronze lamp, 5th - 4th century B.C. With caprine protome handle, 26.5 cm high. Private collection

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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

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South Arabian calcite female head, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D. Her hair modelled in plaster with slight traces of over-painted black pigment at the back, the eyes inlaid with shell, the curved brows recessed for inlays, now missing, with long slender nose and elongated neck, 25.5 cm high. Private collection

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South Arabian bronze head of a bull, 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. With wide upturned horns each with striated markings at the base, large eyes inlaid with remains of several materials, and short erect ears, the triangle on the forehead, contour lines above the eyes, and the muzzle all with stippled detail, a ribbed suspension loop above the neck, the back open to the interior and filled with core material, 15.5 cm high. Private collection

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South Arabian limestone seated female figure, 7th-6th Century B.C. Depicted facing frontally, seated on a block stool, her feet showing at the bottom of her dress, her arms bent at the elbow with the forearms reaching forward, with small breasts, her stylised face with small pouting mouth and a long nose, her ears pierced and her hair with cross-hatched incised detail, 27.3 cm high. Private collection

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