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Thu 02.01. - Wed 08.02.: Funerary Stele ("eye-stele")

 “Eye stelae” are funerary monuments of deceased persons, whose characterising feature is a stylised human face. Often an Aramaic inscription with the name and origin of the deceased is located below the face. This enables the dating of the stelae to the 5th/4th century BC. Other stelae display merely two eyes. 

  • Funerary stele, 5th - 4th centuries BC, Sandstone, 26 x 15 x 72 cm, Tayma
    Funerary stele, 5th - 4th centuries BC, Sandstone, 26 x 15 x 72 cm, Tayma
  • detailed view, Funerary stele
    detailed view, Funerary stele
  • detailed view, Funerary stele
    detailed view, Funerary stele

Some of these grave stones were discovered in Tayma as well. They did not lie in their original location, but instead in graves of the late 1st millennium BC, where they were used secondarily to cover the tombs. These stelae are the hitherto sole group of objects that document the artistic influence of South Arabia upon the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

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