16 June 2006
AN ANATOLIAN MARBLE IDOL
KUSURA TYPE, CIRCA 2700-2100 B.C.
With a disk-shaped head on a short wide neck, the body nearly rectangular in form but rounded along the lower edge
4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) long
American Private Collection, 1987.
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