"Mother goddess" figurine

Near Eastern, Anatolian
Neolithic Period
6000–5500 B.C.


Object Place: Anatolia

Dimensions

Height x width: 2 x 2.3 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.2052

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Brig. Gen. (ret.) and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson