Stele with man’s head

Historical period(s)
500 BCE- 200 CE
Calcite travertine
H x W x D: 23.5 x 12 x 10 cm (9 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone


man, portrait, WWII-era provenance, Yemen

To 1962
Gimpel Fils, London. [1]

From 1962 to 1966
Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981), purchased from Gimpel Fils, London. [2]

From 1966 to 1986
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, transferred from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [4]


[1] See document from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Gimpel Fils
Joseph H. Hirshhorn

Published References
  • Yemen: 3,000 Years of Art and Civilization in Arabia Felix. Exh. cat. Munich. .
  • Paolo M. Costa. Pre-Islamic Antiquities in the Yemen National Museum. Rome. cat. 71.
  • The Encyclopedia of World Art. 17 vols., New York, 1959-1968. col. 555.
  • Ray L. Cleveland. An Ancient South Arabian Necropolis: Objects from the Second Campaign (1951) in the Timna' Cemetery. Publications of the American Foundation for the Study of Man, vol. 4 Baltimore. cat. 9, p. 21.
  • Carlo Conti Rossini. Dalle Rovine di Ausan. pp. 727-754.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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