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Mesopotamian White Frit Head of a Goddess

Ancient Near East, Mesopotamia, Kassite period, ca. 14th to 13th century BCE. An enigmatic white frit face - perhaps depicting a goddess - composed of a prominent nose with delineated nostrils, pursed lips, full cheeks, and a lengthy neck embellished with six perforations. Some of the perforations around the neck exhibit traces of black bitumen, suggesting this head was adorned with additional ornamentation at one time, and the recessed, slightly-slanted eye sockets would have likely contained inlays of shell or other colorful material. Someone likely sculpted this figure for religious reasons; the figures with large eyes would have been placed in temples atop ziggurats. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 1" W x 1.625" H (2.5 cm x 4.1 cm); 2.25" H (5.7 cm) on included custom stand.

For a similar example please see: Crownover, David. "Some Frit from Northern Mesopotamia." Expedition Magazine 7.1, 1964, Penn Museum, 1964, Web. http://www.penn.museum/sites/expedition/?p=800

Condition: This was once attached to the body of a larger figure. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to face, neck, and along peripheries, with some fading to white coloration, and light roughness across most surfaces. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout. On verso is an old inventory number "68" written in black ink, and old inventory sticker with "522" attached.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private prominent New York, USA collection

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