Syro-Hittite Terracotta Statuette of a Deity


An enigmatic Syro-Hittite terracotta statuette of a seated deity with exaggerated head. Its arms are crossed upon its chest, clasping what looks like an axe. The facial features (such as eyes, mouth, and nose) are emphasised, and similarly, the figure’s shoulders and arms seem disproportionately large compared to the rest of the body. It is likely that the figure was connected to a war deity, considering the weapon held in its hands.

Date: Circa 1800 BC
Condition: Very fine condition.


SKU: FP-30 Category:

The Neo-Hittite civilisation, also known as Syro-Hittite, existed during the Iron Age in northern Syria and Southern Anatolia. The Hittite empire collapsed around 1180 BC: it was followed by the decline of the Eastern Mediterranean trade networks, and the fall of the major late Bronze Age cities in the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean.

A votive offering is an object displayed in a sacred place for religious purposes, in order to gain the favour of supernatural forces. The worshippers considered it to be a gift to the god: pottery, jewellery, weapons, statues, and animals offerings were all possible forms that a votive offering could take.

Weight 38.9 g
Dimensions L 4 x W 3.5 x H 7 cm


Pottery and Porcelain