**Originally Listed At $500**
Ancient Near East, Mesopotamia, ca. 3200 to 1900 BCE. A large terracotta votive figure depicting a mother goddess, an ancient protector deity for mothers and mothers-to-be. Painted in hues of cream and earth, she is seen sitting on an integral base with dangling legs while holding a round bowl with grooved edges in both hands. She sits upright with a ridged back and globular breasts, and her thick neck supports her stylized head. Her visage is comprised of almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, and projecting lips, all beneath a headband with hair drawn back into a conical bun. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 1.875" W x 4.75" H (4.8 cm x 12.1 cm); 6.625" H (16.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private east coast of Florida, USA collection, acquired by the present owner during his residence in Paris, France in the 1970s, at Drouot auction
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Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, small chips to hands, bowl, legs, body, and head, with fading to some finer details and pigmentation, and light roughness across most surfaces. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout.