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Headless female figurine
Date8500 BC - 3000 BC
Material and technique
white limestone with trace of red colour
Dimensions5.8 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; coarse grey-brown limestone with slight traces of red pigment; prominent abdomen with folds of fat and protruding buttocks; thick short legs only partially separated by an incised line front and back; the feet are only indicated by a slight thickening at the base; the arms are short and fat, bent round with the hands (no fingers indicated); placed on the body under the breasts, which are only indicated by a slight swelling; the upper part of the back is flat. Ormerod (1912-13, 49-50), who acquired this figurine remarked that: "... the head, which from the fresh appearance of the fracture had been only recently broken" and "the horizontal scratches between the shoulders having the appearance of being made recently."
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), 7, p.35, illus. p.35