The Nabataean Kingdom, also called Nabatea, was a political state of the Arab Nabataeans during Classical antiquity, flourishing throughout the first century BC. Its power extended far into Arabia, along the Red Sea to Yemen, and its capital, Petra, was a cosmopolitan marketplace. For numerous civilasations in antiquity, religion played an integral part of daily life. Ritual offerings were a way of demonstrating one’s religious observance, with these offerings placed in sacred spaces to secure the favour of the gods. Pottery, jewels, weapons, statues and animal offerings were all potential forms that these votives might take.
Nabataean Bronze Deity Statuette
A Nabataean South Arabian bronze statuette of a deity. Facial features are quite clearly but crudely defined; the figure wears nothing except a long robe from the waist down. Both arms are held forwards, the hands apparently clenched. The statuette is supplied with a purpose made metal stand.
Condition: Very fine, a few surface grazes. The statuette is supplied with a purpose made metal stand.