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Anatolian marble three-breasted figurine - LM.75
Origin: Mediterranean Basin
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: 9.8" (24.9cm) high x 4.3" (10.9cm) wide
Collection: Bronze Age
Style: Anatolian
Medium: Marble

Location: Great Britain
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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. - (LM.75)


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