Syro-Hittite Terracotta Deity Figurine

Syro-Hittite Terracotta Deity Figurine
Circa 2000-1500 BC

A finely sculpted Syro-Hittite terracotta figurine depicting a standing male deity. He is presented with typical facial features seen on the Syro-Hittite sculptures of deities, including rounded, sunken eyes, a prominent nose and sensual lips. He appears to wear a hat with a sculpted projection on the right side. An applied necklace featuring a shape resembling a male generative organ, mirroring his emphasised genitalia below and suggesting his strong association with fertility. Repaired to the right arm.

The Neo-Hittite civilisation, also known as Syro-Hittite, existed during the Iron Age in northern Syria and Southern Anatolia, modern day southern Turkey. The Hittite empire collapsed around 1180 BC and fragmented into many minor states, collectively named Syro-Hittite states. Along with the fall of the empire, most of the Eastern Mediterranean trade networks ceased to exist, involving in this fall some of the major late Bronze Age cities in the area. Many of these small figurines would have served as votive offerings for cult worship, though they did not represent the cult images themselves.

Measurements: 10.8cm height, 3.6cm width

Provenance: Private UK collection, acquired 1970s. 

Lot details
Deity Figurine
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2000-1500 BC
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