Sabaean Alabaster Head of a Dignitary

This piece comes from the Sabaean (South Arabian) period,  2nd-1st century B.C. The head is oblong and green-beige in color and lacks eprsonal features, which is , consistent with other South Arabian figures.  The  inscriptions on the base and the fact that such figures come from necropolises  has led scholars to deduce that they were commemorative portraits of the dead.  The inscriptions refer to the name of the represented figure and to his clan.

This statue belongs to the “Middle Period” which was at the same time, approximately, as the Hellenistic Greek period.

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