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Head-Stela of a Smiling Woman
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Head-Stela of a Smiling Woman


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The portrait represents a woman with long hair. The incised lines on the neck are either the so-called rings of Venus--indicators of female beauty--or represent a collar or necklace. Portraits depicting smiling subjects are rare and originate from Marib or the Jawf region.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/13/2008Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 24, 1967, lot 105; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, July 24, 1967, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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Period
3rd-1st century BC
Medium
calcite-alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.29
Measurements
H: 7 7/8 x W: 5 7/8 x D: 3 15/16 in. (20 x 14.92 x 10 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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