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"Tel Halaf" Fertility Figurine

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Description As early as the 7th millennium BC, cultures in the Near East began to create organized settlements with well-developed religious and funerary practices. The Halaf culture of Anatolia (central Turkey) and northern Syria arose around 5000 BC and produced remarkable female figurines with distinctive fertility attributes.

This statuette is seated with legs extended, her arms cradling her protruding breasts. Bands of pigment emphasize the full, rounded forms of her limbs and suggest facial features, a necklace, and loincloth.

Provenance Dr. André Lagneau, Switzerland; Antiquarium Ltd. sale, no. ANT 1375, New York, 1996; Walters Art Museum, 1997, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1997

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5th millennium BCE (Halaf)
terracotta with traces of pigment
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H: 3 3/16 x W: 1 15/16 x D: 2 1/8 in. (8.15 x 5 x 5.46 cm)

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