Mesopotamian Terracotta Tell Halaf Idol
An ancient Mesopotamian terracotta seated Tell Halaf idol with stylized features including exaggerated hips and brown stripes painted on the surface.
Ca. 6000 - 4500 BC.
Distinctive clay female figures like this one were produced at sites belonging to the Halaf culture, named after the site of Tell Halaf. The Halaf culture flourished during the 6th millennium BC and was notable for its ceramic productions, especially its remarkable female figurines, which are usually identified as fertility idols.
Cf. Prague National Gallery, Kinský Palace, NM NpM P 7383.
Formerly in the collection of Floyd Johnson, collected 1960s-1990s.