A culture very much related to that of the
Cyclades existed in Anatolia from the beginning of
the Early Bronze Age. A preference for highly
schematic and reductive figurines, predominantly
female, is also very common to both. The
Anatolian female figurines represent in all
probability the Mother Goddess and are linked to
notions of fertility, while their schematic simplicity
can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, when
they were made in a variety of materials. The fact
that such figurines have been unearthed in urban
surroundings and small domestic shrines suggests
that they were used for daily worship purposes.
In Anatolia, this style of figure continued, with
regional variations, long after neighboring
Mediterranean cultures adopted more naturalistic
or elaborate styles.
The present figurine has imprecise and not well
defined physiognomical characteristics, with a
simple indication of the orbits, the eyes and a
short triangular nose. Rather prominent ears, the
four regular and proportional perforations were in
all probability each used to contain an earring, in a
material which was either perishable or lost.
Rounded body with prominent hips in an hour-
glass figure, almost complete absence of neck
besides a thin cut, three breast as indicated by
the three symmetrically placed and of identical
dimensions projections in low-relief, the hands
crossed in a typical waist-high posture, above four
crudely executed parallel incisions around the
rounded surface of the hips. Simplified yet elegant
expression of the pubic triangle.