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South Arabian Bronze bowl

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South Arabian Bronze bowl

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Southern Arabian Ibex-Headed Bowl 1st-2nd century AD This elegant bronze bowl is an elite receptacle from the ancient kingdom of Sabea, modern Yemen. It is of complex multi-partite construction, with a globular lateral profile, a hollow disc base with three supporting eminences, and three highly detailed ibex heads mounted evenly around the shoulder with their horns back-curved over the rim. The rendering of the heads is exquisite, and the patination is superb and even. Function is uncertain, and while the general form suggests a lamp, it is clear that it is more ritualised than completely practical. Ibexes were sacred animals, and were exclusively hunted by the elite. This piece was purchased in 2009 from a private collector. M.13

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