Male figurine

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


Findspot: Turkey, Tell Judeideh

Dimensions

Height: 17.78 cm (7 in.)

Accession Number

49.118

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 circumcised man wearing part of a silver helmet. Large nose and wide-open eyes. Bearded. Band around waist fastening in front. Hands held just above shoulders with fingers closed forming a round opening which once received weapons. This figure and its female 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