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Lot 17, Auction 5/30/2017: Ancient Anatolian Marble Kilia Idol Head

$249.00
Ancient Near East, Anatolia, ca. 2800 to 2200 BCE. This is a kilia head made from grey-white marble. Kilia are highly stylized female figures made throughout the Mediterranean during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. They are characterized by bulbous heads, long necks, and flat bodies with wide, flipper-like arms. When first made, the faces would have had painted details like eyes. Archaeologists have interpreted these figures as female and call them "stargazers" because their heads are tilted upwards. Comes with custom stand. Size: 0.9" L x 1.05" W x 0.9" H (2.3 cm x 2.7 cm x 2.3 cm); height on stand: 1.9" (4.8 cm).

Condition: Head is separated from its original body, but the head itself is well preserved and intact aside from a small chip from the lower left corner (facing).

Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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