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Female Figure

Location

NORTHWESTERN IRAN

Era

Early Iron Age (1250-550 B.C.E.)

Title

Female Figure

Date

1250-800 B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware

Dimensions

53 x 20.3 x 20.2 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of David Y. Hodgson, inv. 1963.Ea.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This statuette was probably made in the high plains of northwestern Iran, just south of the Caspian Sea. Similar ones have been found in burial sites such as Amlash and Marlik. It represents a nude woman, standing with feet apart and her short arms extended in what has sometimes been interpreted as a gesture of worship. The prominent nose might evoke a bird’s beak, an association of the human and animal forms that predates the statuette itself. The legs, thick and wide, are positioned low on the body in a way that emphasizes the pubic area and the curvature of the hips, possibly as a metaphor of life and rebirth.

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