A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure
Lot 129* W
A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure
Sold for £ 98,500 (US$ 129,603) inc. premium

Antiquities

2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure
A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure
Circa 1st Century B.C.
Standing frontally with the feet on a small rectangular integral plinth, wearing a long dress, waisted and finishing at her calves above ankle bracelets, the figure with an applied layer of gesso, coloured with the details incised, the dress ornamented over the legs and around the upper arms with incised linear and cross-hatched bands, shown wearing strands of necklaces composed of triangular pendants and a large central crescentic pendant hanging above her breasts, her arms bent at the elbow with her forearms projecting in front, holding a rectangular hollowed-out votive bowl in her hands, the bowl with incised panels, her oval face with pointed chin, a strong browline with the arching brows incised, the large eyes with drilled pupils, probably once for inlay, with a straight nose and small mouth, her hair flaring out below her ears and falling to her shoulders, decorated with incised linear banded details and a diadem of circular pendants above her forehead, 31in (79cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Lucien and Irene Deloyers Collection, Belgium, acquired circa the 1950s. Gifted to the present Belgian owner in the early 1960s.

    Lucien Deloyers (1901-1982) was a well-know Belgian surgeon in Brussels, a professor at the university and member of the AMRB, the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium. During his tenure as head of general surgery in the Saint Pierre Hospital he published a number of important works in the surgical field and also created the 'Lucien Deloyers Academic Prize' for surgical research work. Lucien and Irene Deloyers lived in the Uccle/Ukkel district of Brussels and they filled their house with artworks collected during their travels. Irene was an excellent amateur violinist and the couple were close friends of the Romanian classical pianist Clara Haskil, the Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux and Russian violinist David Oistrack.

    Literature:
    The closest related figure is 'the Lady of ad-Dali', a limestone figure from Shuka' cemetery and now in the National Museum, Aden (NAM 616). Although somewhat smaller than this marble figure and wearing a full-length dress, she boasts a similar arrangement of jewellery: S. Simpson, Queen of Sheba. Treasures from Ancient Yemen, The British Museum, London, 2002, p.119, no.130.
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