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LOT 0248

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,550 - 6,820
USD ($) 5,130 - 7,690

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£3,600 (EUR 4,092; USD 4,613) (+bp*) Add to Watch list

Western Asiatic South Arabian Stele

2nd century BC-1st century AD

A large rectangular limestone stele with carved male face of a dignitary and three-character inscription below; the face stylised with beard extending to the exterior from the temples under the chin, small rectangular ears with scroll detailing, small mouth and sharp nose with brow-ridge; inset marble scaphoid eyes with sockets for separate pupils; the inscription carefully engraved '11°' (possibly a patronymic); mounted on a custom-made stand. 15.4 kg, 43.5cm including stand (17 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a London gentleman; acquired from Phoenix Ancient Art, Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015; with Christie's, London, 15 April 2015, lot 70 [£8,000-£12,000], accompanied by copies of the relevant Christie's catalogue pages; formerly on the UK art market since 1985; accompanied by a copy of the gallery listing, photographs, and invoice.

Literature
See Maigret, A. de Arabia Felix - Un Viaggio nell' Archaeologia dello Yemen, Milan, 1996.


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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
Mayfair London, W1J 8LT

Viewing from noon Monday 25th Feb 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 2019 (Day 1)
10am : Lots 1 - 660

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The Court House
363 Main Road
Harwich, CO12 4DN

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