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Calcite-alabaster statue of a standing woman; forearms and right lower leg broken away; eyes inlaid with shell originally set with polished obsidian pupils, one surviving in the left eye. Dark brown burn marks along the right thigh and on the right side of the head, the former contributing towards a long parallel linear crack; further burning on the forehead above the right eye explains the orange discolouration here.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-1stC (?)
Height: 68.50 centimetres
Thickness: 16 centimetres
Width: 53 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Accompanying typed paper slip labelled "134848. Standing figure of a woman. Alabaster. From Marib, South Arabia. 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.".
The use of polished obsidian for the inlaid eyeballs is also indicated by another ancient South Arabian sculpture offered for sale at Sotheby's NY ('Antiquities', 9 December 2003, lot 65, p. 72).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 17 Jan-2 Jul, Basel, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, 'Arabia Felix: Treasures from Ancient South Arabia'
2002 5 Jun-13 Oct, BM, 'Queen of Sheba: Treasures from ancient Yemen'
2000 26 Sept-2001 7 Jan, Torino, Palazzo Bricherasio, 'La Regina di Saba, Arte e Leggenda Dallo Yemen'
2000 4 Apr-30 Jun, Rome, Fondazione Memmo, Palazzo Ruspoli, 'Nel paese della Regina di Saba'
1999 7 Jul-2000 9 Jan, München, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, 'Im Land der Königin von Saba'
1998 9 Nov-1999 21 Feb, Vienna, Künstlerhaus, 'Jemen. Kunst und Archäologie im Land der Königin von Saba'
- Incomplete; one eye inlay lost; considered unsuitable for loan to the Bowers Museum owing to the presence of several cracks running through the object (Dept of Conservation, December 2003).
- Acquisition notes
- Deposited by Brian Doe 31 May 1966, deposit number 1997. Acquisition noted in the 'British Museum Quarterly' 32 (1967/68), p.57.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number