Syro-Hittite Clay Fertility Idol


A Syro-Hittite fertility figure moulded from clay. She is displayed with her arms resting on her stomach with her breasts exposed. Her facial features have been stylistically rendered displaying large sucken eyes and a hooked nose. The figure has been mounted on a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd millennium BC
Provenance: Acquired on the UK art market from various auction houses and collections mostly before 2000. From an important Cambridgeshire estate; thence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition, slight chip to the nose and right cheek. The figure itself measures; 8.3cm height,3.8cm width

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SKU: LD-699 Category: Tag:

Neo-Hittite and Syro-Hittite were empires during the Iron Age and were located in parts of modern-day Turkey and the surrounding areas. The empire lasted until the 8th century BC when they were overrun by the Assyrians. These types of figurines usually have columnar and flat bodies with heads and torsos decorated with incisions. Some of them might have represented gods, particularly female deities that ensured fertility. However, the figures are also know to represent worshipers. Due to the protruding nose, figurines such as this are characterised as having bird-like faces. They are usually of modest dimensions, and found in graves or under the floors of the houses.

Weight 97.9 g
Dimensions W 4.9 x H 9.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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