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This stele, or carved and inscribed stone slab, depicts the head of a bull. A number of similar stelae have been excavated in Yemen at the site of Timna', the ancient capital of the kingdom of Qatab¯an (ca. 500-100 BCE), where they were dedicated in cult buildings that served a funerary purpose.

A number of similar stelae have been excavated in Yemen at the site of Timna', the ancient capital of the kingdom of Qatab¯an (ca. BCE), where they were dedicated in cult buildings that served a funerary purpose.

Alabaster plaque depicting a winged Victory holding a bow and a garland (Marib). (Via Arabia Antica - Facebook)

Alabaster plaque depicting a winged Victory holding a bow and a garland (Marib). (Via Arabia Antica - Facebook)

Votive or funerary stele Date: ca. late millennium B. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian. Qataban, southern Arabian (Yemen) ca. 2nd century BCE. Alabaster - H: 31.5; W: 13.5 cm Qataban was an ancient Yemeni kingdom whose capital was named Timna. Like most other Old South-Arabian kingdoms it gained great wealth through the trade of frankincense and myrrh, which were spices burned as incense at altars. Qatabanian was a Semitic language spoken in Yemen between 100 BCE and 600 CE,

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stela; Ancient South Arabian; 3rdC BC-2ndC BC; Yemen; Aden Protectorate. Conventionalized face from a stone funerary stela; back of head and neck unmodelled; eyes, ears and brows marked by rocked tool in low relief; eyebrows recessed for inlays.

Stele of a face Made in Yemen - Century BC Ancient South Arabian (Source: The British Museum)

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A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER FUNERARY STELE   CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.   Rectangular in form, the upper edge concave, a bull head in high relief on the upper end of the obverse, with short protruding horns, prominent ears, large bulging lidded eyes and a rounded muzzle, a two-line inscription in the Qatabanic dialect inscribed on the raised rectangular section at the lower end, reading: "Memorial of Haliyrit dhat Shahaz"

A south arabian alabaster funerary stele - ca.D with An inscription in the Qatabanic dialect: "Memorial of Haliyrit dhat Shahaz"

Sabean Alabaster Stele Depicting a Mother and Child - X.0543 Origin: Yemen Circa: 200 BC to 100 AD Collection: Biblical Medium: Alabaster

Sabean Alabaster Stele Depicting a Mother and Child - Origin: Yemen Circa: 200 BC to 100 AD Collection: Biblical Medium: Alabaster

Ancient Arabic / Sabaeic, end of the ancient southern Arabian Period (2nd half of 1st millenium).  Stele with eyes and inscription, “Abikarib”.  Alabaster, 36.5 cm tall, 17 cm wide, 4.5 cm deep. Discovered: Shabwa (Yemen). Aden, National Museum.

Ancient Arabic / Sabaeic, end of the ancient southern Arabian Period (2nd half of 1st millenium). Stele with eyes and inscription, “Abikarib”. Alabaster, 36.5 cm tall, 17 cm wide, 4.5 cm deep. Discovered: Shabwa (Yemen). Aden, National Museum.

Man and Woman on Camels at a Well Relief Slab. Treasures of Yemen. Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Turkey

Treasures of Yemen. Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Turkey

Treasures of Yemen. Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Turkey - Travel To Eat

A Sabaean priestess, who intercedes with the sun goddess on behalf of the donor. Probably 1st century BCE

south arabian / stele with a female bust / sabaean priestess, who intercedes with the sun goddess on behalf of the donor / probably century AD

A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER STELE CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

A SOUTH ARABIAN ALABASTER STELE CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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