**Originally Listed At $800**
Ancient Central Asia, Indus Valley, Mehrgarh (also Meghargh) people, ca. 3500 to 2800 BCE. A pair of hand-built pottery female "Venus" figures. Each figure has a slender waist above ample hips, breasts covered with broad collars, and characteristically elongated heads with deep, hollow eyes, a perky nose (now lost on one), no mouth, and a dramatic headdress or coiffure. One is seated with her arms extended in front of her, while the other stands, with her arms outstretched to the sides. Figurines like these two are found throughout the region, although their meaning is unclear - most female figures found by largely male archaeologists of the late 19th and early 20th century CE were immediately given the title of "fertility idol," but more recent interpretations suggest that these figures probably had much more nuanced and varied symbolism. For example, they may represent goddesses, a matriarchs, or worshippers. Size of largest: 1.7" W x 4.7" H (4.3 cm x 11.9 cm); 5" H (12.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970's-2000's; ex-Khan Family Collection, New Jersey, USA, acquired in 1980's
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The smaller of the two has been repaired at the waist and lower legs, with the hands and a small piece of the headdress lost. Nose may also have been repaired. Light deposits on surface. The larger has been repaired at the waist and on one arm, with the nose lost and a small loss from the headdress/coiffure.