Figurine of a seated woman


  • Title

    Figurine of a seated woman

  • Associated place

    Chagar Bazar (T.545, level 8 in area M) (place of excavation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    terracotta, hand-modelled and with yellowish-cream slip

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    10 cm (height)
    5 cm (width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Allocated by the Trustees of the British Museum and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1936.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    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)

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Further reading

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

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