Ancient Near East, Anatolia, Early Bronze Age II, ca. 2700 to 2300 BCE. A Kusura-type stone idol of an extremely simplified anthropomorphic form. The idol is hand-carved and remarkably thin with a rounded head, a short conical neck, and a trapezoidal body with a rounded bottom. Kusura idols come from the village of Kusura in southeastern modern-day Turkey. Votive idols like this one are known in a variety of fascinating forms throughout the pre-literate ancient world. From the truly abstract Kilia-type figures that are barely recognizable as human to the exaggerated feminine shapes of so-called "Venus" figures, people in the past, as today, had a clear desire to portray human forms and did not feel constrained by naturalism. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 5" H (12.7 cm); 6" H (15.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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