Seated woman with clenched fists

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    early 1st century
  • Geography

    Wadi Bayhan, Yemen
  • Material

    Calcite alabaster
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 35.8 × 15.8 × 15.9 cm (14 1/8 × 6 1/4 × 6 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Statuette of a seated woman. The top of the head is flat and tool-marks are visible, also on the rear --except for the neck and the upper part on the back. Drilled holes in both ears indicate that earrings were originally attached. The eyesockets were originally inlaid with other materials.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Ancient Yemen: Incense, Art, and Trade (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East (March 11 to June 23, 2019)
    A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (August 18, 2018 to March 30, 2021)
    Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips (October 11, 2014 to June 7, 2015)
    Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade (June 25 to September 11, 2005)
    Yemen au pays de la reine de Saba (October 25, 1997 to October 13, 2002)
    Arabia Felix, the Land of the Queen of Sheba (March 27, 1969 to July 30, 1972)
    Art Treasures Excavated in Qataban and Oman (South Arabia) (June 29, 1961 to October 31, 1961)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chrysler Building, New York, 1955 (1955)
    Lost Cities of Biblical Arabia (November 12 to December 31, 1955)
  • 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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