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Bearded male head

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Alabaster head of beared man. Carved plaster hair. Inlaid limestone eyes with inlaid obsidian pupils; one pupil inlay missing. Inlay hole below lips and above the chin.


By 1960's: property of Iraj Kashanian, Forest Hills, NY (inherited in the 1960's from his father); by 2001: with Alan Safani, SAfani Gallery Inc. New York; 2001: purchased by the MFA from Safani Gallery Ltd.

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Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund


Horace and Florence Mayer Fund

Near Eastern, Arabian, Sabaean, about 2nd century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Height x width x depth: 19.5 x 16.5 x 13 cm (7 11/16 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Alabaster with inlaid eyes of limestone and colored stone and hair of plaster


The Ancient World