Anatolian ‘Stargazer’ Head

£ 395.00

A small marble Anatolian ‘stargazer’ head, of Kiliya type with a broad backward tilting sylized head on a narrow neck. The item does not come with a stand. The colloquial title ‘stargazer’ comes from the large head of the idol (it used to be a complete statuette) being slightly tilted back to give the impression of an upward stare. Only few wxamples of these idols survive in almost-complete form (fragments are more numerous) as most examples were broken across the neck at the time of burial.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd millenium BC
Provenance: Property of a German gentleman, acquired in 1980 – 1990.
Condition: Very fine.
Product Code: NES-06
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Stargazer figures, also referred to as the ‘Kiliya type’, are one of the earliest kinds of sculpture which aim to evoke the human form. Only few intact or near-intact figures of this kind are known to remain worldwide. The term ‘stargazer figure’ refers to the slight upwards tilt of the head resting on the figure’s slim neck. They are typically associated with the Chalcolithic period circa (5500-2000 BC), and are one of the most highly-regarded forms of prehistoric sculpture.

To learn more about Anatolian Stargazers, visit our relevant blog post: The Stargazers of Ancient Anatolia.

Dimensions H 3.5 cm
Stone

Marble

Region

Near East (Western Asiatic)

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