• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    A MESOPOTAMIAN ALABASTER IDOL

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 5500 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A MESOPOTAMIAN ALABASTER IDOL
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 5500 B.C.
    Depicted standing with the legs apart, divided by a deep cleft, the toes incised, her arms positioned below the stomach, the fingers lightly incised, the arms separated from the body by drilled perforations, the ovoid head with incised brows, the eyes preserving bituminous material once adhering now-missing inlays
    5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high


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    For the type compare the figure from Tell es-Sawwan, no. 19 in Amiet, Art of the Ancient Near East.

    Provenance

    Japanese Private Collection, 1980s.