|Deposit||London, The British Museum, BM 130893=1951,0407.12|
|Notes||Bequeathed by Sir Antonin Besse.|
|Support type||Artefact » Sculpture in the round » Part of human body|
|Measures||h. 11, w. 7.5, th. 5.3|
|Notes on support and decorations||Female head with slightly puffy, large eyes, with the pupils drilled for inlay. The right eye and rim retain traces of plaster that was used to fix the inlay or was painted. The face has a high forehead, plump cheeks, full round lips tucked directly beneath a small nose, and a slightly protruding chin. The ears are now missing and there is no hair indicated. The lower right part of the face is broken.|
The head originally belonged to a statuette of a probably standing figure (cf. Antonini 2001: 88).
The surface is rough at top, and there are pecked tool marks at back on a smoothed surface.
|Geographical area||wādī Bayḥān|
|Archaeological context||Funerary context|
|Notes||According to A. Jamme (cf. Jamme 1955 a: 117), all the objects of the Besse collection are originating from the wādī Bayḥān region.|
|Link to site record|
|Jamme 1951: 174, no. 46||Jamme, Albert W.F. 1951. Pièces anepigraphes sud-arabes d’Aden. Le Muséon, 64: 157-176. |
|Antonini 2001: 88, pl. 40||Antonini, Sabina 2001. La statuaria sudarabica in pietra. Repertorio iconografico sudarabico. 1. Paris: de Boccard / Rome: IsIAO. [Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres; Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente]|