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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.

Provenance

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

Object Place for Label

Yemen

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1971.644

Medium or Technique

Alabaster (calcite)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Stele