North Syrian Female Head, Early 2nd Millennium BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1099732
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Terracotta deity with charming smile. The head shows a projecting nose and chin. The large eyes appear between prominent cheekbones and arched eyebrows.
The 'coffee bean'-eyes are a Mesopotamian trait also found in the North Syrian Euphrates area.
For earlier examples cf. plates 26/27 in: Leila Badre. Les Figurines Anthropomorphes en Terre Cuite à l’Age du Bronze en Syrie. Paris 1980.
North Syrian, early 2nd millennium BC
H. 4.1 cm (1.6 in), with stand 9.7 cm (3.8 in)
Broken below the neck. Tip of the nose chipped off. Expert modeling with nice rendering of the mouth, the eyebrows and the elaborate hairdo.
Swiss private collection, acquired 1968-1978 (data will be provided to the buyer)