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

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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.

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Property from an English Private Collection

A South Arabian Alabaster Head of a Woman

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


with large eyes recessed for inlays and ears pierced for earrings, grooved canthi and eyebrows, and long hair, a fragment of her right shoulder remaining.

Height 22 cm.

As shown. Note losses to facial features. Proper left ear better preserved than proper right one. Surface has high polish. Head rests on modern metal base.


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Sotheby's, London, April 29th, 1963, no. 86
Gimpel Fils, London, acquired at the above sale (based on illustrated stock card)
acquired by the present owner from the above
Gimpel Fils, London, Sculpture from South Arabia, exh. cat., December 1970-January 1971, no. 10
The remains of a shoulder suggest that this head was either part of a full figure, which is unlikely considering its relatively large scale, or more probably part of a funerary bust similar to the one sold at Sotheby's, London, July 5th, 2022, no. 116 (S. Antonini, La scultura sudarabica in pietra, 2001, cat. no. D 5, pl. 71). The deeply grooved canthi are an unusual feature.