Male bearded figurine in Assyrian style holding a cup to his chestOn display
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Male bearded figurine in Assyrian style holding a cup to his chest
Associated placeAsia Iraq Babil Governorate Kish (place of excavation)Asia Iraq Babil Governorate Kish Mound W (Kish) (possible) (possible place of excavation)
DateNeo-Babylonian (c. 626 - c. 539 BC)
Kassite Period (1600 - 1155 BC)
Middle Assyrian Period (1350 - 1050 BC)
Neo-Assyrian (c. 911 - 612 BC)
Material and technique
terracotta, mould-made and with cream slip
Dimensions4 cm (width)
7.5 cm (height)
No. of items
Allocated by the Oxford Field Museum Expedition to Kish, 1924.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Mouldmade; baked; cream slip, buff fabric; in a tight-fitting flounced garment; holding an alabastron(?); immediately below the beard; grasped by the right hand, supported by the left, hair and beard separated in linear bands of curls; broken at knee level.
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., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 205, p.142, illus. p.142