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South Arabian funerary stelae from the British Museum collection

ARABIA ANTICA, 11. Lombardi, A (with contributions by F.E. Betti). South Arabian funerary stelae from the British Museum collection. Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2016


The funerary field is particularly interesting and rich in stimuli allowing us knowledge of religious thought and art of ancient civilisations. Pre-Islamic South Arabia produced a large amount of objects related to this field and, among them, the funerary stelae are the most important for their large number, the variety of subjects and decorations represented on them.

Starting from the rich British Museum collection, this study organizes and classifies material for the most part from the international antique trade. Often information regarding provenance and archaeological context is lacking here. However, the analysis of these stelae allows us to reconstruct a picture rich in regional styles, with reciprocal influences.

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