Neolithic Stone Bust of a Female

Near Eastern · 6th-5th Millennium B.C.

Material

Stone

Dimensions

H: 13.4 cm

Reference

5285

Price

CHF 87'000

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Overview

The white marble statuette would have been of above average height (ca. 40 cm) if the figure was whole and standing. The massive, round shapes, as well as the style, refer to the Neolithic female steatopygic statuettes like the Hacilar ones: the bust is thick, the neck is broad and squat. Two curved, modeled lines indicating the forehead and the lower jaw and distinguish the shape of the face from the straight outline of the neck. The eyes are represented by two almond-shaped incisions, the nose and the ears are in low relief.

Provenance

Art Market, prior to 1995;

European art market, acquired in 1995.

Bibliography

SPICKET A., La statuaire du Proche-Orient ancien, Leyden, 1981, pp. 13-15, fig. 10.

Woman in Anatolia, 9000 Years of the Anatolian Woman, Istanbul, 1993, p. 56, A40; pp. 64-65, A68.

Museum Parallels

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Ankara, Turkey

Iraq Museum

Bagdad, Iraq