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Bull's head funerary plaque

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Alabaster funerary stele with bull's head, associated with the moon god, in high raised relief. An inscription on the base of the stele identifies the dedicator as Sabi of the Sabah tribe.


Said to be from Timna cemetery. 1959, John Deverill collection, Alton, UK; 1971, purchased by the MFA from John Deverill. (Accession date: December 8, 1971)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Near Eastern, Arabian, Sabaean, 100 B.C.–A.D. 100

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Height x width: 31 x 16.5 cm (12 3/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Alabaster (calcite)


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele