Nabataean South Arabian Bronze Offerant Statue


A Nabataean South Arabian bronze statuette of an offerant. His left hand is raised in salute, whilst the right hand is extended and holding a patera as an offering. The features are finely cast, with hair neatly coiffured. He is depicted bare-chested and wearing a long robe from the waist down. The statuette is supplied with purpose-made metal stand.

Date: Circa 1st Century BC - 1st Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, with attractive light desert-sand accretions.


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 civilisations 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 for these votives to take.

Weight 312 g
Dimensions H 10.5 cm