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Head of a Man with Long, Oval Face
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Head of a Man with Long, Oval Face

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The barely modeled features and the proportions of the face are characteristic of early portrait heads from Marib. Details were probably painted on. The borders of the eyes are not incised; the upper lids are executed as short ridges. Depressions represent the mouth and a dimple. The heavy face and the strong neck suggest that the subject is male.
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, January 23, 1967(?), lot 86; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, January 23, 1967(?), by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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6th-5th century BCE
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H: 7 5/16 x W: 5 1/2 x D: 3 1/8 in. (18.5 x 14 x 8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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