Upper part of a female figurine, 'mother goddess'On display
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Upper part of a female figurine, 'mother goddess'
Date8500 BC - 3000 BC
Tell Halaf Period (6000 - 5000 BC)
Material and technique
terracotta, hand-modelled and with yellowish-cream slip
Dimensions4.5 cm (height)
3.9 cm (width)
No. of items
Allocated by the Trustees of the British Museum and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1937.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Handmodelled; baked; buff fabric, yellowish-cream slip; top of head broken; prominent pinched nose with eyes depicted with red paint; no mouth indicated; right arm brought round to cradle breast; both breasts and left arm broken; broken off at the waist; probably seated as no. 17-19; extensive use of paint to indicate necklace and girdle; the upper arms have encircling bands.
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 20, p.38, illus. p.38