Highly-polished female figurine with hands folded below breastsOn display
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Highly-polished female figurine with hands folded below breasts
Date8500 BC - 3000 BC
Material and technique
Dimensions4.5 cm (height)
No. of items
Presented by H. A. Ormerod, 1911.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Standing; nude; green steatite, ("serpentine"), the lower part of the body lighter in colour than the higher; apart from a slight projection of the buttocks the back of the figurine is flat; the top of the head is rounded with the ears rendered by notches cut into the stone. Small incisions denote the eyes, the mouth indicated by a gash, but the nose is omitted. The arms are folded across the chest, indicated only by grooves above and below; wide hips taper into the legs, which are short with the feet simply rendered by an incised line at the ankles; incised lines render the pubic triangle and the division between the legs.
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), 8, p.35, illus. p.35