"Mother goddess" figurine
Near Eastern, Anatolian
Object Place: Anatolia
Height x width: 2 x 2.3 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
It was long thought that the Neolithic peoples of the Near East attributed the earth’s fertility and the forces of nature to a goddess of abundance, represented by corpulent figurines like this one. However, recent scholarship indicates that the identity and function of these figurines is largely unknown.
By 1964: Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson (purchased in Turkey "several years earlier," according to MFA files); 1964: given to the MFA by Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson.
(Accession Date: November 12, 1964)
Gift of Brig. Gen. (ret.) and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson