"Head of a Man," ca. 2nd century AD, bronze.

From Ghayman.
This exceptional piece was presented by Imam Yahya ibn Mohammad (ruler of northern Yemen from 1905-1948), to King George VI (1895-1952), on the occasion of his coronation on December 11, 1936. The site where it was found has not been properly investigated, but a number of other bronze objects have been reported from here, following unscientific excavations carried out before the Second World War.

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



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