Statue of standing male figure
- Historical period(s)
- Kingdom of Qataban, ca. 2nd century B.C.E.
- 46.4 x 14.2 x 8.8 cm
- Credit Line
- Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
- Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
- Accession Number
- This statue belongs to a large group of carved standing figures that served as funerary monuments in the ancient kingdom of Qataban (ca. 500-100 B.C.E.), located in what is now Yemen at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. The inscription on the front of the statue base, written in ancient South Arabian script, gives the personal name of the figure depicted. Funerary monuments like this one commemorated the deceased, whose name was often carved at the base of the statue. Qatab¯an was one of several kingdoms that prospered in antiquity as they gained control over the caravan trade routes across the Arabian peninsula. Frankincense and myrrh, prized products of the southern peninsula, were transported along the trade routes to Mediterranean markets.
André Emmerich Gallery, New York. 
From 1965 to 1966
Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981), purchased from André Emmerich Gallery, New York. 
From 1966 to 1986
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, transferred from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 
 See document from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, object file, Collections Management Office.
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- Previous Owners
- Joseph H. Hirshhorn, André Emmerich Gallery
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum