Seated female figurine with hands clasped below breastOn display
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Seated female figurine with hands clasped below breast
Date8500 BC - 3000 BC
Neolithic Period (Near East) (10,000 - 6400 BC)
Material and technique
Dimensions5 cm (height)
No. of items
Presented by H.A. Ormerod, 1911.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Seated; nude; coarse marble; worn surface; the back of the head is fractured and the face so rubbed as to be virtually featureless; the breasts are shown close together with a roll of fat below them; the arms are bent at the elbows with hands placed in the lap (? over the abdomen), incised lines indicate a girdle or a roll of fat round the waist, concealed at the front by the hands; the back is flat with a deep groove down the centre; the lower limbs are represented by a rectangular base with an incised line making the separation of the buttocks; it would appear that the figure is to be seen as squatting with legs folded under the body (cf. Bittel 1934, fig. 2, from Çukurkent).
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 9, p.35, illus. p.35