12 December 2002
A MALTESE RED SANDSTONE IDOL
Neolithic Period, Circa 3200-2500 B.C.
The corpulent figure seemingly female, with generous buttocks and thighs, the legs rounded, the feet nonexistent, her pubic triangle defined, the navel indicated, her arms folded above two rolls of fat, the breasts indicated by incised circles, with rounded shoulders and a thin, tapering head, the nose slightly projecting
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) high
Swiss Private Collection, 1970s
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For a recent discussion of prehistoric Malta see Malone, "God or Goddess, The Temple Art of Ancient Malta," in Goodison and Morris, Ancient Goddesses. See also Pace, ed., Maltese Prehistoric Art 5000-2500 B.C..
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