Female figurine holding breasts

Near Eastern, Levantine, Syrian
Early Bronze Age
3200–2800 B.C.


Findspot: Syria, Tell Judeideh

Dimensions

Overall: 19.1 x 5.2 cm (7 1/2 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.119

Medium or Technique

Low-tin bronze with silver

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Standing figure of a nude woman. Arms crossed in front at wrists and hands clasping her large breasts. Hair done in coils around top of head and down back of neck. Mounted on a square block of wood. This figure and its male counterpart are among the earliest surviving from the Near East. Their meaning and function are unknown.

Provenance

From Tell Judaidah. 1935-1938, excavated by the Marriner Memorial Syrian Expedition, University of Chicago; 1942: assigned to the MFA in the disvison of excavated objects with the University of Chicago; 1949: sent to the MFA from Chicago.
(Accession Date: March 10, 1949)

Credit Line

Gift of the Marriner Memorial Syrian Expedition