Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (ANET)

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Terracotta: AN1910.697

Object: Nude female figurine

Period: Bronze Age: Early Bronze Age

Dimensions: H: 9.7cm.

Region: Anatolia

Find Spot: no provenance

Description: seated; handmodelled; baked; coarse buff fabric with a burnished red slip, worn off on the flat base; two holes are pierced in the lower back and one in the centre of the base; the slightly damaged face was applied as a disk, tipped back so that the chin projects, on the front of the head; the eyebrows and nose are a continuous projecting ridge; the eyes are deep-punched holes in incised oval frames; the mouth is an incised slit with vertical incisions below on the chin ("beard"); the ears and what was originally a major protrusion ("polos"); on the head are broken off; the upper body is flattened, with triangular shape accentuated by projecting shoulders; attenuated arms extended down either side of the body with the hands grasping the knees; incised lines on the upper arms and shoulders; incised crossing straps and what may be a necklace; pointed breasts with incised nipples; genitals represented by an incised rectangular with incised dots inside it; short lower body with stump legs.

Reference: Moorey (2004) 383

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