A terracotta idol; roughly modelled with short outstretched arms; and oval body. Reverse unmodelled.
Crudely modelled but Very Fine condition.
The Levant: Circa 3000-2000 BC.
Ancient idols like this statuette which reduce the human figure to a simple collection of shapes and lines, are considered some of our oldest abstract art. It is not easy to guess their purpose and we can only guess at the meaning - are they fertility charms? Representations of old gods? Were they made to be carried as apotropaic charms, or simply to be placed in tombs?
Provenance: From the 1970’s-80’s Shlomo Moussaieff collection.
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VAT no: 337067888 / Margin scheme - second hand goods
- Neolitico del Vicino Oriente
- 7.3×5.2×1.7 cm
- Secolo / Intervallo di tempo
- Circa 3000-2000 BC.
- Buone Condizioni, Vedere Foto