A terracotta schematically modelled female idol, standing with arms outstretched. Her facial details are crude, with a large wedge-shaped nose and incised eyes, a long neck decorated with grooves depicting an ornate necklace. Her breasts are shallow, lying mid-way and below her outstretched arms. Reverse unmodelled.
Crude but Very Fine condition; damage to both arms; with encrustations.
The Levant: Circa 3000-2500 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 or 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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VAT no: 337067888 / Margin scheme - second hand goods
- Near East Neolithic
- Female Idol
- 13.8×6×5.5 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 3000-2500 BC.
- Good Condition, See Photo