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Rare Anatolian / Cycladic Bronze Fertility Idol

Ancient Near East, Anatolian / Cycladic, ca. late 4th to early 3rd millennium BCE. A superb example of a Cycladic bronze idol in a form known as "violin" for obvious reasons. A rounded body with a slightly raised "arm" on its face, a thin neck, and a rounded head devoid of any facial features but with a large hole punched through it, all suggest an anthropomorphic form with a single, all-seeing eye. The meaning and function of Cycladic idols remains an enigma without any written records from this era. Most are made from marble or terracotta, so a bronze example is a rare find indeed. Size: 2.4" W x 4.35" H (6.1 cm x 11 cm)

Condition: Pretty mottled blue, green, and reddish brown patina on surface. Light encrustation on surface.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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