Syro-Hittite Terracotta Votive Figure
An ancient Syro-Hittite abstract terracotta female figure with arms outstretched and wide hips. Her eyes, arms, breasts and navel are pierced. She wears a headdress and necklace, and a patterned garment around her hips.
Ca. late 2nd millennium BC.
The term Syro-Hittite refers to the Aramaic and Phoenician speaking communities of northern Syria and southern Anatolia who fell under the rule of the Hittite Empire in the second millennium BC. These terracotta figurines of women were likely symbols of fertility and dedicated as votive offerings to a mother-goddess.
Cf. Brooklyn Museum of Art, inv. no. 51.117.
Formerly in the collection of Arthur L. Jacobs, NY, who formed the collection in the 1950's and 1960's; inherited in 1979 by Gabriel Jacobs, Washington DC.