Figurine of a seated womanOn display
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Figurine of a seated woman
Date8500 BC - 3000 BC
Tell Halaf Period (6000 - 5000 BC)
Material and technique
terracotta, hand-modelled and with yellowish-cream slip
Dimensions10 cm (height)
5 cm (width)
No. of items
Allocated by the Trustees of the British Museum and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1936.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Handmodelled; buff fabric, yellowish-cream slip; baked; the head is pinched to make a prominent nose; the top of the head is a flat triangle with the apex at the nose, rising to a vertical projection at the back; the eyes and eyebrows are painted in black, with the shape of the eye stippled in red; no mouth is indicated; the breasts are prominently modelled, cradled by the arms; red and black lines indicate what may be necklaces and ornaments across the breasts and shoulders; the left leg is broken off, whilst the right is drawn up, with knee bent, the foot is entirely stylized as a point and painted overall in red, perhaps representing a shoe; traces of other painted details; one elbow and left thigh darkened by fire.
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., The Ancient Near East (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1994), 16, illus. 18
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 17, p.38, illus. p.38