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Stele with Bust of a Woman
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Stele with Bust of a Woman

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Description This bust is part of a figure of a female participant in a ritual. The image is a variant of the well-known motif of a worshiper, which has a long tradition in the ancient Near East and was also popular in South Arabia. Such figures could serve as funerary monuments or votive figures, placed in a sacred shrine or temple. Their purpose was to ensure the continued close relationship between the individual and the worshiped deity.
Date Description Narrative
  • 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 69; 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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4th century BCE-1st century CE
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H: 6 5/16 x W: 5 1/4 x D: 2 3/4 in. (16 x 13.4 x 7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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