Sabaean Alabaster Ibex
An ancient Sabaean alabaster ibex statuette. The animal is recumbent with a squat stylized body, predominant curved horns, and protruding eyes.
The ibex was an important subject in ancient Yemeni art. The animal, much more common in antiquity, was associated with Ta'lab Ri m, the god of rain and fertility. The temple of Huqqa, north of Saana, was dedicated to this god and votive images of Ibexes may have been placed there.
cf.: R. L. Cleveland, An Ancient South Arabian Necropolis: Objects from the second Campaign (1951) in the Timna? Cemetery, (Baltimore, 1965) p. 30.
Formerly in a New York private collection.