• Sale 7183

    Fine Antiquities & Important Antiquities from Capesthorne

    18 October 2005, London, King Street

  • Lot 184

    A NEOLITHIC POTTERY STEATOPYGOUS IDOL

    CIRCA 5TH MILLENNIUM B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A NEOLITHIC POTTERY STEATOPYGOUS IDOL
    CIRCA 5TH MILLENNIUM B.C.
    Of anthropomorphic form, with tapered outstretched arms and stylized upturned head, the body with rounded exaggerated stomach and buttocks, legs tapering below, repaired with some restoration
    7¾ in. (19.8 cm.) high


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    Cf. T. G. E. Powell, Prehistoric Art, London, 1966, p. 97, fig. 91, for a similar steatopygous idol with upturned face and outstretched arms from the Lengyel Culture, Moravia; and M. Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess, San Francisco, 1989, p. 103, fig. 168 (3) for similar conical-shaped body.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a Belgian private collection of European Neolithic pottery and stone antiquities.