Syro-Hittite Clay Female Figurine

Syro-Hittite Clay Female Figurine
Circa 12th-8th century BC

A finely moulded Syro-Hittite clay figurine depicting a standing female with pinched and impressed facial details. Further details are presented by incised lines and a pointillé necklace. She is presented extending one of her arms horizontally, whilst the other supports a gourd jar. Repair to the neck.

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.

Measurements: 16.4cm height; 5.6cm width

Provenance: From a private UK collection, acquired on the London art market 1970-1999.

Lot details
Female Figurine
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 12th-8th century BC
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