Collecting Masterpieces
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Ancient Near and Middle East
ALABASTER HEAD FROM SABA KINGDOM
Mesopotamia / Anatolia / Arabia

FORMER COLLECTION OF PRINCE HOMAYOUN MIRZA MASS'OUD

 

Object :
Nº 1777
Medium :
Stone
Dimensions :
Height: 19 cm (7.4”)

Masculine head in gilded white alabaster, sculpted in the round, the back left unworked. Face characteristic of the period and the region, elongated and perfectly symmetrical, the nose long and straight, the eyes and mouth marked by simple incisions. The eyebrows are inserted in a horizontal protuberance that crosses the top of the face. Alabaster is a stone that lets light penetrate with intensity. It forms in caves that vehicle water by a simple geological process, that of the stalagmites. This is a rare piece with an old patina. Presence of a very interesting line forming an amber cross in the stone. Chips and small missing fragments due to age. Excellent state of preservation.