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Late Chalcolithic Period Anatolian female idol - CB.232
Origin: Anatolia
Circa: 2900 BC to 2500 BC
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high
Collection: Prehistoric
Medium: Stone

Location: Great Britain
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Anatolian stone idol representing a female, with a rectangular upper torso , a long and prominent nose, and hemispeherical projecting breasts. The idol is reminiscent of cruciform shaped idols of the Chalcolithic period from Cyprus and has been conceived with a great sense of premeditation and executed with an even greater sense of mathematical precision. Regardless of it’s angular characteristics and a conspicuous lack of details, the figurine appears not only feminine but also extremely graceful. If certain anatomical details were rendered in paint, no such traces have been preserved. A culture related to that of the Cyclades existed in Anatolia from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age, if not earlier, with a distinct preference for highly schematic and reductive figurines, predominantly female. These female figurines represent mother goddesses and their simplicity can be traced back to the Neolithic Age. Representing the female figure in its most abstract form, the fact that such idols have been found in residential areas and small shrines suggests that they were used in everyday domestic worship. - (CB.232)


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