"Funerary Stela" (detail), ca. 1st Century BC, calcite-alabaster.

Probably from the Timna cemetery at Hayd ibn Aqil
This stela is a beautiful example of a particular style of South Arabian dedicatory stela, which depicts the bust of a female in low relief against a square plaque, with an inscription on the low stepped base naming a person who has been interpreted as either that of the person represented (although other scholars have identified this as representing a goddess), or the dedicant who offered the stela.

Image credit: Reproduced by permission of the Trustees of the British Museum.





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