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This South Arabian, Bronze Age figure is carved with a distinctive rectangular, boxy frame. Her hands are placed under her breasts and indentations signify fat rolls. Local people likely recognized this style as a convention indicating fertility and prosperity. Unlike earlier depictions of fertility deities, South Arabian sculptures were more abstracted and rendered in stocky yet detailed closed forms like this figure.

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