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Stela with a Concave Top
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Stela with a Concave Top


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Images of gods were uncommon in ancient South Arabia. This trapezoidal, undecorated stela represents the concept of divinity. The dedicatory inscription on the two-step base records that the stela was a memorial to Hawfi-il of the Marran clan in the temple of Risafum.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/01/2008Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • 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.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] On base: m'mr Hwf' l Mrn b-Rsfm; [Translation] On base: (A personal) memorial (for) Hawfi-il in (the temple) Risafum
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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Period
first half 1st century CE
Medium
calcite-alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.52
Measurements
H: 9 13/16 x W: 6 1/2 x D: 3 5/16 in. (25 x 16.5 x 8.4 cm)
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