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Stele with a Female Bust
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Stele with a Female Bust


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Rising from a roundel, a woman raises her right hand with the palm open toward the viewer. Her left hand holds a stylized bundle of wheat. She represents a priestess, who intercedes with the sun goddess on behalf of the donor. The donor's name, Rathadum, is written below the roundel.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/01/2008Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
  • Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
Provenance Sotheby's, London, between 1963 and 1971; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, between 1963 and 1971, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] R t d m / d t [...] [Translation] Rathadum of [the clan]
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2008

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Period
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Medium
calcite-alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.73
Measurements
H: 12 5/8 x W: 9 3/16 x D: 1 3/8 in. (32.1 x 23.3 x 3.5 cm)
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