Near Eastern Terracotta Figurine


A Western Asiatic terracotta figure in what is possibly a worship pose with hands pressed together. The head resembles a bird with a protruding beak and out-splayed headdress. The lower body displays a conical shape as though the figure is wearing a long skirt. The base is attached to a square ceramic plinth.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd millennium BC
Provenance: From an important Cambridgeshire estate, acquired on the UK art market before 2000, hence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition. Some minor chips and cavities to the surfaces. Earthy encrustations present.

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The Near East refers to a vast region covering the eastern shores of the Mediterranean comprising Mesopotamia, Elam, Urartu, Egypt, the Levant, and Anatolia. It is often considered to be the cradle of civilisation – Sumer in Mesopotamia is regarded as the oldest civilisation on earth. Terracotta figurines were among the most pervasive objects produced in the ancient Near East, from the Babylonian site of Seleucia on Tigris alone over 11,000 figurine fragments were found. This abundance is probably due to the ubiquity and inexpensiveness of the materials used. The figurines are often high stylistic and decorated with a range of motifs rendered in appliqués and incisions. Although the precise function are still a matter of speculation – terracotta figurines probably had a myriad of uses-as images of worship, architectural elements and decorative objects.

Weight 131.2 g
Dimensions L 5.2 x W 5.2 x H 9.9 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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