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.
late 3rd millennium B.C.E.
5 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 13/16 in. (14 x 9 x 2 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Helena Simkhovitch in memory of her father, Vladimir G. Simkhovitch
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Ancient Near Eastern. Female Figurine, late 3rd millennium B.C.E. Terracotta, 5 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 13/16 in. (14 x 9 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Helena Simkhovitch in memory of her father, Vladimir G. Simkhovitch, 72.133. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 72.133_PS2.jpg)
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