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A South Arabian Alabaster Head of a Woman, Qataban, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A South Arabian Alabaster Head of a Woman, Qataban, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

A South Arabian Alabaster Head of a Woman, Qataban, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

126,000

GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A South Arabian Alabaster Head of a Woman, Qataban

3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.


with long tapering neck, high cheekbones, large eyes recessed for inlay, grooved eyebrows, and long coiffure.

Height 24 cm.


One of the best preserved lots in the collection. No visible imperfections of any kind, besides the missing inlaid eyes, as illustrated. Drilled through the neck and fitted with a sleeve for insertion into a rod set into a square black marble base.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

reportedly from Marib
Antonin Besse (1927-2016) and Christiane Besse (1928-2021), Aden and Paris, acquired in Yemen in the 1960s, collection number CB25 (recorded for export to France by the Department of Antiquities, Aden State, in May 1966 and April 1967)
by descent to the present owner