Stele with man’s head

Historical period(s)
500 BCE- 200 CE
Medium
Calcite travertine
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.5 x 12 x 10 cm (9 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 15/16 in)
Geography
Yemen
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.508
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Stele

Keywords
man, portrait, WWII-era provenance, Yemen
Provenance

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]

Notes:

[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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