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Bird Effigy Votive - D.0072
Origin: Lake Van, Anatolia
Circa: 4000 BC to 3000 BC

Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Dickite


Location: United States
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Abstract and elegant, this ancient votive was discovered with a cache of related artifacts along the shores of Lake Van in Armenia. Originally, it was offered at the shrine of a powerful deity, perhaps a nature god. The pointed end probably served to hold the piece upright in the ground outside a temple. Birds played a prominent role in this cult, though their exact significance is uncertain: perhaps they were favored sacrifices to the god, or they may have represented the souls of the deceased. This particular sculpture represents an eagle, fierce and noble. Though a token from the dawn of western culture, it radiates a bold, contemporary appeal. - (D.0072)

 

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