12 June 2002
AN IBERIAN MARBLE IDOL
Circa 2000-1800 B.C.
Of cylindrical form, tapering slightly towards the top, the stylized human features rendered with shallow incisions, including the large eyes with radiating lashes and arching brows, the pupils indicated, framed by two raised chevrons delineating the edges of the face, perhaps representing facial tattooing, the top and back with wavy lines for the hair
5 1/8 in. (13 cm) high
Acquired by the current owner in 1999
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Iberian cylindrical idols, worshipped during the Megalithic Period, represent the so-called "Millaran Eye Goddess." For a similar example see no. 1 in Hibbs, Iberian Antiquities from the Collection of Leon Levy and Shelby White.
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