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Lot 280, Auction 7/30/2018: Ancient Near East Marble Kilia Idol Head

$186.75
Ancient Near East, Anatolia, ca. 2800 to 2200 BCE. This is a kilia head made from smooth brown-white marble, roughly triangular in form, with a narrow neck. 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: 1.25" L x 1.25" W x 1" H (3.2 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.5 cm); height on stand: 2.05" (5.2 cm).

Condition: Head is separated from its body, but head itself is well-preserved, with clear shape and slight encrustation on surface.

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

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