Description This almost flat, stylized head is carved in raised and sunken relief. Straight T-shaped ridges represent the eyebrows and nose; a deeply carved dimple defines the chin. A moustache and circular beard indicate that the person represented is male. Elements of the face, such as the eyes and mouth, were originally painted. Such almost two-dimensional head stelae are typical of the late Formative (7th-5th century BC) and early Classical Period (4th-3rd century BC) of South Arabian art.
- 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, May 18, 1970, lot 64; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, May 18, 1970, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007
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