Head of a woman (known as "Miriam"), fragment

Detail of a pattern
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On View
  • Period

    1st century BCE-mid 1st century CE
  • Geography

    Wadi Bayhan, Yemen
  • Material

    Alabaster, stucco and bitumen
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 30.2 × 18.2 × 17.3 cm (11 7/8 × 7 3/16 × 6 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Alabaster head of a woman with a wig-style plaster curls hanging in Egyptian fashion at the back of the head. Missing part of the nose. Two holes in the plaster wig at the upper part of the neck served initially for a necklace. The eyes still retain lapis lazuli and on either cheek small strips had been carved out and were filled in with a strip of different alabaster.
  • Origin

    Wadi Bayhan, Yemen
  • Credit Line

    Gift of The American Foundation for the Study of Man (Wendell and Merilyn Phillips Collection)
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 22b: Ancient Yemen: Incense, Art, and Trade
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