Anatolian Marble Idol
Period: 6000-3000 B.C.
Dimensions: H: 10.8 cm
European art market, acquired in 1998.
Conditions: This statuette, the state of preservation of which is remarkable, does not seem to have precise parallels.
The image is very simplified and only the head and the arms indicate that it is a human figure (the sex is not clearly indicated). The face, turned upwards, presents only horizontal incisions for the eyes and the mouth, a small bump for the nose and a ridge for the chin and the jaw. The arms, in low relief, are clasped on the belly, but they are not touching; the hands are not indicated. The legs, short and squat, are not differentiated: they seem to be almost hidden by a skirt or a garment. The back has a strong arch to it. The simple and linear way in which the head is carve can be compared to the faces of Anatolian Neolithic figurines, which are nevertheless typologically different (statuette of a standing man, group of two twin statuettes, statuette of a god seated on a bull).
Woman in Anatolia, 9000 Years of the Anatolian Woman, Istanbul, 1993, pp. 48-49, n. A25-A27.