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A South Arabian Alabaster Relief Head, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

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Estimate:

2,400 - 3,500 GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A South Arabian Alabaster Relief Head, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

A South Arabian Alabaster Relief Head, 3rd Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

Estimate:

2,400 - 3,500 GBP

Lot sold:

2,142

GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A South Arabian Alabaster Relief Head

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


with eyes hollowed out for inlay, grooved eyebrows, and hair carved in a cross-hatched pattern.

Height 13.5 cm

Tip of nose broken off. Minor chips/abrasions on chin. Lower corners chipped in back, more significantly on proper left than on proper right side. White material deposit (lime mortar?) over entire back. Mounted with brackets onto a vertical metal plate made to stand upright.


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Antonin Besse (1927-2016) and Christiane Besse (1928-2021), Aden and Paris, acquired in Yemen in the 1960s
by descent to the present owner