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Stela with Bull's Head
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Stela with Bull's Head


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This type of rectangular stela with an integral three-dimensional bull's head on the front is probably the innovative creation of a workshop in Timna'. The inscription on the base contains the name of its female owner: Lehy'thet of the Iljeb clan. Most such bull's-head stelae were placed in tombs, because the bull had the connotation of renewal on earth and in the afterlife.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/01/2008Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Sotheby's, London, between 1963 and 1971; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, between 1963 and 1971, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] Lhy-'tt / D-Ylgb [Translation] Lehy'thet of the Iljeb clan
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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Period
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Medium
calcite-alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.51
Measurements
H: 10 5/8 x W: 6 5/16 x D: 1 3/8 in. (27 x 16 x 3.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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