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Outstanding south arabian alabaster statue of a seated wooman. Ca. 1st - 2nd…

Calcite statue of a standing female figure Sabaean, 3rd-2nd century BC From Marib or Qataban, Yemen

Incense Burner, Yemen, ca. 4th century BC.

South Arabian sculpture is characterized by its striking variety of carved memorial stelae and votive statues, often carved in alabaster or in limestone, such as the present piece. They are noted for their distinctive, ‘modern’ appearance, and their often enigmatic and powerful presence. Ancient Greek and Roman authors marveled at the immense wealth of South Arabia (known in the Roman world as Arabia Felix – ‘fortunate Arabia’).

South Arabian limestone stelae. Late 1st millennium B.C.E.

Bronze statue of Dhamar Ali Yahbur. "King of Saba, dhu raydan, Hadrmawt and Yamant" (Himyarite Kingdom) late 3rd-early 4th century AD.

South Arabian alabaster stelae. Ca. 3rd-1st century B.C.

Fragment of a statue of a man Baynun, Yemen 1st century CE Bronze Sabaean inscription Deposit: Baynun Museum, BynM 234

Stele, face of a man with triangular nose above a pinched mouth, incised eyes. Alabaster, South Arabian peninsula, 3rd-2nd century BV

A SOUTH ARABIAN LIMESTONE INCENSE BURNER CIRCA 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": 21¾ in. (55.2 cm.) high