Anatolian Marble Star Gazer Idol
An ancient Western Anatolian marble female torso of a Kilia Idol (also known as a star-gazer idol). The hips are carefully incised to indicate the legs and the pubic triangle.
Ca. 4500-3500 BC.
The Kilia idol takes its name from a site near Gallipoli on the European side of the Straits of the Dardanelles, where a number were initially found. The typical Kilia idol has a large head which seems to gaze upwards. The body is abstract with the arms indicated by notches at the sides. The pubic area is delineated by incised lines in the form of a triangle. Although the Kilia type statuettes of women are considerably earlier in date than related figures produced in the Cyclades, they are probably also linked with fertility and the life cycle, a central spiritual concern in the ancient Mediterranean.
Cf. a complete example of the Kilia type in the J. Paul Getty Museum, inv. no. 88.AA.122.
Formerly in a European private collection.