11 December 2003
A NORTH SYRIAN SILVER FIGURE OF A DEITY
Circa 2nd Millennium B.C.
The stylized standing figure flat-cast, wearing a short belted kilt patterned with diagonal rows, hatches incised on alternating rows, the ridged belt pierced diagonally, perhaps for the insertion of a separately-made and now-missing implement, the triangular torso with broad rounded shoulders, a circular depression at the chest, perhaps to receive inlay, his oval face with the eyes deeply recessed, the nose beaked, the mouth straight, the long beard with incised details, similar treatment to his hair on the reverse, adorned with a horned headdress
7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high
Acquired by the previous owner in the early 1990s.
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