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Figure of a Standing Woman
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Figure of a Standing Woman

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Description This stela has no parallel. A woman is depicted frontally; her feet are pointing to her right, with both the tops and the sides visible. The gesture of the hands on the hips is unusual in South Arabian art; it may represent dancing. Adorned with bracelets, anklets, and a broad collar, the woman appears nude: there is a suggestion of short sleeves on the arms but no other evidence of clothing. The figure's unusual proportions suggest that she might be a dwarf; dwarfs were commonly employed as dancers and participants in rituals in ancient Egypt, and they might have played a similar role in ancient South Arabia.
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, October 19, 1970, lot 97; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, October 19, 1970, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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5th-1st century BCE
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H: 12 3/8 x W: 6 7/8 x D: 2 3/16 in. (31.5 x 17.5 x 5.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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