Appealing Syrio-Hittite terracotta bird in alert pose, showing a stylized head with pointed beak. Incisions for the eyes. The angular neck emerging from a dicoidal body with delicately impressed rows on the upper side to indicate the feathers of the wings. The bird standing on an integral stand with flared base.
Small terracotta figures representing both domestic and wild animals as well as humans have been unearthed in the western Euphrates area which formed part of the so called Fertile Crescent. They may have been made as children's toys or as votive dedications to be placed at sacred shrines or temples.
The term Syro-Hittite refers to the Aramaic and Phoenician speaking communities of northern Syria and southern Anatolia who fell under the rule of the Hittite Empire in the second millennium BC.
Northern Syria, Euphrates area, late 2nd millennium BC.
H. 9 cm (3.5 in).
Intact. Surface with minor wear. Root marks. Rare.
Art market Switzerland (data will be disclosed to the buyer)