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Ancient Sumerian Terracotta Goddess

Period:
Circa 3200-1900 c. BCE
Dimensions:
5"
Material:
Terracotta
Condition:
As expected with its age, invisible repair to neck
Region:
Mesopotamia
Provenance:
Acquired by the present owner during his residence in Paris in the 1970's at Drouot auction.

Description

This beguiling goddess with a rare lion-like head is seated and holding an offering vessel or basket. Her skirt is notched to show the folds of fabric. Facial features and upper body are enlarged. Figures such as this one were precursors to the Greek Kourotrophoi (child nurturer or child rearer) who were linked to fertility and child care. They are depicted in similar poses to Artemis and Diana, the Greek goddesses who protected women.
On a Lucite stand.

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