The Ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy identified South Arabia – modern Yemen – as Eudaimon Arabia, meaning “fortunate Arabia” or “happy Arabia”, as a result of its wealth. This land flourished with trade, especially of frankincense and myrrh, but exchanges of small copper or bronze artefacts, like vessels, lamps or animal figurines were also common. The principal South Arabian kingdoms were Qataban and Saba, which developed from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD.
South Arabian Bronze Dromedary Statuette
A finely modelled Western Asiatic South Arabian bronze statuette of a dromedary, also known as Arabian camel, with bristle and reins. The camel’s facial features are highly detailed, with nose, eyes and ears clearly modelled.
Condition: Very fine condition with some encrustations and green patina on the surface.
|Dimensions||L 6 x H 4 cm|
Near East (Western Asiatic)