This bronze head was originally part of a life-sized statue. Although partially damaged, the face is visibly treated in a Greco-Roman style, while the thick curls are typical of local workmanship. During the first and second centuries CE, southern Arabia enjoyed strong commercial contacts with the Mediterranean world and the Roman Empire, which is also apparent in the arts and material culture of the period.More Info
Qaryat al-Faw was situated on the border of the Empty Quarter, Arabia’s vast desert, and near Yemen, a center of incense production in the south of the peninsula. It was an ideal stopping point for caravans traveling from southern Arabia to the northwest and to the northeastern coastal areas. The numerous archaeological discoveries in Qaryat al-Faw attest to its strong trade relations with the Mediterranean and Yemeni worlds.