A mother goddess from Tell Brak, north east Syria, ca 5500 BC. Restored.
Modelled in clay, and sun dried . She sits tall, putting her arms around her protruding breasts, and has a pointed extension on top of her head (headdress?hair?). On her face there are remnants of pale brown paint that reveal a wide open eye with long eye lashes, a feature that often appears on mother goddesses from Tell Brak. (some 2000 years later the so called 'Eye Temple' was erected in the same place, and archaeologists discovered thousands of small alabaster eye idols in it!)
Height 7,9cm Width 4,2cm. Restored.
Such fertility goddesses where often found in groups, and always with their heads broken off, maybe as a ritual before giving birth..
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