Sabean Head of White Alabaster

Culture: South Arabia
Period: 1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.
Material: Alabaster
Dimensions: 10.3 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 6151
Provenance: Collection Hammoud, Switzerland, acquired in the early 1980s. Thence in an English auction house. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register from 21 September 2017.
Condition: Inlays in the eyes maybe added later, some breaks are stabilized.
Description: Sabean head possibly of a man with a strong expression. Eyebrows, mouth and hairline are engraved in stone, the eyes are deeply pierced and with bone inlays. The votive head which once stood in a niche, is on top, on the sides and on the back flat. The break on the neck indicates that it possibly once belonged to a larger figure.