Syro-Hittite Terracotta Goddess Torso

Syro-Hittite Terracotta Goddess Torso
Circa 2000-1500 BC

A finely moulded Syro-Hittite terracotta female torso depicting a fertility goddess. She features characteristic large, rounded eyes, a prominent nose and incised lips. Curved lines frame her face, sensitively indicating the locks of her hair. She is presented holding one of her arm horizontally and wearing an applied necklace ornamented with an oval pendant. Fragment of a larger statue. Comes with a custom made stand.

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 figures would have served as votive offerings for cult worship, though they did not represent the cult images themselves. They would have been placed prominently amongst other statues, pottery, jewellery, and weapons, in order to gain the favour of relevant supernatural forces. If not displayed publicly, these statuettes might also have served as idols in private homes.

Measurements: 7.4cm height, 4.9cm width of statue alone, 8.8cm height with stand.

Provenance: Ex. T. Eva collection, 1980s. Pars Gallery, W1.

Lot details
Goddess Torso
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2000-1500 BC
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