Near East Neolithic Terracotta Female Idol - 13×5.5×5.5 cm

Near East Neolithic Terracotta Female Idol - 13×5.5×5.5 cm
Circa 2500-2000 BC.

A terracotta idol with elaborate headdress, crude facial details and an extended necklace lying above her exposed breasts. The rest of the figure is roughly modelled with short outstretched arms. Reverse unmodelled.
Crude but Very Fine condition; damage to the arms; with encrustations.
The Levant: Circa 2500-2000 BC.

Ancient idols like this statuette which reduce the human figure to a simple collection of shapes and lines, are considered some of our oldest abstract art. It is not easy to guess their purpose and we can only guess at the meaning - are they fertility charms? Representations of old gods? Were they made to be carried as apotropaic charms, or simply to be placed in tombs?
Provenance: From the 1970’s-80’s Shlomo Moussaieff collection.

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Lot details
Near East Neolithic
Female Idol
13×5.5×5.5 cm
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2500-2000 BC.
Good Condition, See Photo
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