A mother goddess from Tell Brak 2, north east Syria, ca 5500 BC.
Modelled in clay, sun dried and painted in two colours: pale and dark brown. She sits tall, putting her arms around her protruding breasts, and wears a turban-like headdress. On her right face her eye is painted wide open 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 8,7cm Width 4,3cm. 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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