NEAR EAST SYRO-HITTITE TERRACOTTA IDOL
Measurements: height – 14.2 cm
Description: A standing statue of Syro-Hittite terracotta female idol. Appears to be wearing hoop earrings and an incised diadem. Eyes are pierced, the holes representing pupils. A massive necklace is applied on the pectoral area; the hands are folded and touching the necklace. Fully clothed in a long garment. Terracotta was a favoured material for idols in the Near East. These types of figurines usually have columnar and flat bodies with heads and torsos decorated with appliques and incisions. Some of them might have represented gods, female deities that ensured fertility. However, it is more likely that they represented worshipers. Due to protruding nose figurines such as this ones are characterized as having bird-like faces. They are usually 12-30 cm in height, found in graves or under the floors of the houses.
Reference: Christie’s sale 1063, lot 4; Christie’s sale 2940, lot 15.
Period: 3rd – 2nd millennium BC
Condition: Very fine, chipped elbow, visible earthen residue.