**Originally Listed At $500**
Ancient Near East, Anatolia, Early Bronze Age II, ca. 2700 to 2300 BCE. A Kusura-type marble idol of an extremely simplified anthropomorphic form. The idol is hand-carved and remarkably thin with a rounded head, a short conical neck, and a trapezoidal body with a rounded bottom. Kusura idols come from the village of Kusura in southeastern modern-day Turke. Votive idols like this one are known in a variety of fascinating forms throughout the pre-literate ancient world. From the truly abstract Kilia-type figures that are barely recognizable as human to the exaggerated feminine shapes of so-called "Venus" figures, people in the past, as today, had a clear desire to portray human forms and did not feel constrained by naturalism. Size: 1.25" W x 2" H (3.2 cm x 5.1 cm); 2.375" H (6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970s-2000s; ex-Richard Wagner Collection, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in 1980s
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Normal nicks to peripheries. Light encrustations, earthen deposits, and root marks as shown.