Mesopotamian Stone Eye Idol

Mesopotamian Stone Eye Idol

The upper part of an ancient Mesopotamian limestone Tell Brak eye idol, with large incised eyes and a double lobed rounded head.

Middle Uruk period.
Ca. 3700 - 3500 BC.
Height: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm).

This type of stone figurine with incised eyes, known as an eye idol, has been excavated at Tell Brak, where thousands were found in a building now called the Eye Temple. They were probably dedicated there as votive offerings to the deity.

Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. nos. 51.59.1 and 1988.323.8

Formerly in the collection of Floyd Johnson, collected 1960s-1990s.

Inv#: 7329

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