11 December 2009
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
Japanese Private Collection, 1980s.
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