Figurine with bird-like head, flattened body, pointed arms, holes in body and head for gold decorationOn display
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Figurine with bird-like head, flattened body, pointed arms, holes in body and head for gold decoration
Date1800 BC - 1600 BC
Middle Bronze Age I (Near East) (2100 - 2000 BC)
Material and technique
terracotta, hand-modelled and with pierced decoration; gold
Dimensions14.8 cm (height)
at arms 4.7 cm (width)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Arthur Evans, 1933.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Handmodelled; buff clay; body flattened front and back; prominent pinched nose, pierced pellet eyes and no mouth; prominent socket for forehead ornament; projecting pierced ears each retaining an earring of solid gold wire with overlapping ends, circular in section and thickest in the middle; prominent wedge-shaped headdress at the back of the head with central band, pierced on either side at the top; applied single-band necklace; abbreviated stub arms with pointed end; prominent hips; rouletted cross-bands on chest; three rouletted lines to depict pudenda; plain spherical stud of baked clay covered with gold foil fixed into the navel; square-sectioned legs taper to flat base; line divides legs front and back. In this case the cross-bands and pudenda are also rouletted on the back.
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), 256, p.171, illus. p.171