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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The majority of ancient Near Eastern female figures emphasize their fertility. Although the three terracotta (baked clay) figures here come from very different times and places, all are nude and two have overlarge, patterned pubic areas. Their faces are rudimentary, with little or no indication of a mouth. The copper figure, though very schematically modeled, suggests a real woman with pulled-back hair and a bulging belly, wearing a knee-length skirt and carrying an infant on her back. In contrast, the marble image, with its circular head, long neck, and U-shaped body, is reduced almost to abstraction.
  • Place Made: Turkey (Anatolia)
  • DATES 3rd millennium B.C.E.
    PERIOD Early Bronze Age
    DIMENSIONS 6 7/8 x 4 3/16 x 1/4 in. (17.4 x 10.6 x 0.6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.146.5
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Anatolian. Figure, 3rd millennium B.C.E. Marble, 6 7/8 x 4 3/16 x 1/4 in. (17.4 x 10.6 x 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.146.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.146.5_front_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 1996.146.5_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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