Anatolian Marble Star Gazer Idol
An ancient Western Anatolian marble female torso of a Kilia Idol (also known as a star-gazer idol) composed of two fragments. The hips are incised to indicate the legs and the pubic triangle.
Early Bronze Age, ca. 2700-2500 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. The exact function of these idols is not known.
cf.: Kilia Type Idol, J. Paul Getty Museum. Object # 88.AA.122
Formerly in a European private collection.