Terracotta was a favoured material for idols in Ancient Mesopotamian regions. These types of figurines usually have columnar and flat bodies with heads and torsos decorated with appliqués and incisions. Some of them might have represented gods, particularly female deities that ensured fertility. Due to the protruding nose, figurines such as this are characterised as having bird-like faces. Terracotta figurines of Mother goddess have been recovered in graves, temples and under the floor of houses.