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A VINCA TERRACOTTA STANDING 'BIRD GODDESS'
A VINCA TERRACOTTA STANDING 'BIRD GODDESS'

NEOLITHIC, CIRCA 5TH MILLENNIUM B.C.

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A VINCA TERRACOTTA STANDING 'BIRD GODDESS'
NEOLITHIC, CIRCA 5TH MILLENNIUM B.C.
With a distinctive duck-beaked mask, with hair above and pierced ears, wearing a long-sleeved tunic with pleated sleeves and a tight-fitting skirt with incised cross-hatching and fringed bottom, pierced at the elbows
6 3/8 in. (16.1 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, the Netherlands, acquired 1960s; thence by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

For a discussion of 'Bird Goddess' figures, cf. M. Gimbutas, The Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, 7000-3500 B.C., London, 1974, pp. 136-142, figs 120-123.

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