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Plaque of a Man
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Plaque of a Man

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Description This unique plaque depicts a man dressed in a thigh-length costume and shoes. He wears headgear used by hunters and traders. A serpent is coiled in front of his face, and a bird, perhaps an eagle, with outspread wings emerges from behind his shoulders. Serpents and eagles in South Arabian art are associated with the sun and moon. On top of the plaque, a female figure wearing a long, sheath-like dress is oriented horizontally and may represent a worshiper. Text beside the man contains the given name Heshfer or Heshqer of the Serben clan.
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Portobello Road Market, London; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, between 1963 and 1964, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] Hsfr (or) Hsqr Srbn [Translation] Heshfer (or) Heshqer of the Serben clan
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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2nd-1st century BCE
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H: 7 x W: 3 15/16 x D: 3/16 in. (17.8 x 10 x 0.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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