Kingdom of Sheba (Yemen)
6th-5th Century B.C.
Height 16 cm
PROVENANCE: Private collection, A. R., England. 1980.
CONDITION: In a good state of preservation without breakage apart from a fragment from the top rear area of the head and a small chip from the neck.
DOCUMENTS: TL test
This is a terracotta plaque in the form of a human head with the large eyes and eyebrows clearly incised. The prominent nose is also large. In contrast, the mouth is small and arched in a smile. On either side of the face the ears have been clearly defined.
This type of terracotta or stucco plaque can be found both in the National Museum of Sana and in the British Museum, but there are a limited number of these in existence. Pieces like this, as opposed to ones made from limestone or alabaster, would seem to serve a similar purpose as elements of somewhat large funerary steles, to which these faces were attached.
The kingdom of Sheba was a rich one, thanks in great part to the famous “Queen of Sheba” named Makeda. The extension of this kingdom is unknown, although there are hypotheses that indicate that it was in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, in what is present-day Yemen. Others suggest that it was in the Horn of Africa and still others point to its extension over both zones.
The piece includes authenticity certificate.
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- Regno di Saba (Yemen)
- Stele funeraria di Saba con TL Test. H: 16 cm
- Secolo / Intervallo di tempo
- 6th-5th Century B.C.
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