Figurine of nude seated female

On display


  • Title

    Figurine of nude seated female

  • Associated place

    Izmir (place of purchase)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    terracotta, hand-modelled and with punched and incised decoration

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    9.7 cm (height)
    5.4 cm (width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1910.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    Seated; handmodelled; baked; coarse buff fabric with a burnished red slip, worn off on the flat base; two holes are pierced in the lower back and one in the centre of the base; the slightly damaged face was applied as a disk, tipped back so that the chin projects, on the front of the head; the eyebrows and nose are a continuous projecting ridge; the eyes are deep-punched holes in incised oval frames; the mouth is an incised slit with vertical incisions below on the chin ("beard"); the ears and what was originally a major protrusion ("polos"); on the head are broken off; the upper body is flattened, with triangular shape accentuated by projecting shoulders; attenuated arms extended down either side of the body with the hands grasping the knees; incised lines on the upper arms and shoulders; incised crossing straps and what may be a necklace; pointed breasts with incised nipples; genitals represented by an incised rectangular with incised dots inside it; short lower body with stump legs.

    In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

Further reading

Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 383, p.239, illus. p.239

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