Head of a woman (known as “Miriam”), fragment

citation

Alabaster head of a woman with a wig-style plaster curls hanging in Egyptian fashion at the back of the head. Missing part of the nose. Two holes in the plaster wig at the upper part of the neck served initially for a necklace. The eyes still retain lapis lazuli and on either cheek small strips had been carved out and were filled in with a strip of different alabaster.

Historical period(s)
1st century BCE-mid 1st century CE
Medium
Alabaster, stucco and bitumen
Dimensions
H x W x D: 30.2 × 18.2 × 17.3 cm (11 7/8 × 7 3/16 × 6 13/16 in)
Geography
Yemen, Wadi Bayhan
Credit Line
Gift of The American Foundation for the Study of Man (Wendell and Merilyn Phillips Collection)
Collection
Wendell and Merilyn Phillips collection
Accession Number
S2013.2.139
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 27: A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Figure

Keywords
funerary, head, Wendell and Merilyn Phillips collection, woman, Yemen
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

American Foundation for the Study of Man founded 1949

Description

Alabaster head of a woman with a wig-style plaster curls hanging in Egyptian fashion at the back of the head. Missing part of the nose. Two holes in the plaster wig at the upper part of the neck served initially for a necklace. The eyes still retain lapis lazuli and on either cheek small strips had been carved out and were filled in with a strip of different alabaster.

Published References
  • Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade. Exh. cat. Washington, 2005. pl. 20.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum