Syro-Hittite Bronze Female Idol

£750.00

A small bronze stylised votive statue of a female idol. Her hands are clasped to the front and she wears a pointed headdress. The facial features are crudely depicted, with flattened face; typically large, protruding eyes; and beak-like nose. The statuette is supplied with a custom-made metal stand.

Date: Circa Mid-2nd Millennium BC
Period: Early Bronze Age
Condition: Fine condition, the metalwork good and stable.

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Product Code: AS-3519
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The Neo-Hittite civilisation, also known as Syro-Hittite, existed during the Iron Age in northern Syria and Southern Anatolia. The Hittite empire collapsed around 1180 BC: it was followed by the decline of the Eastern Mediterranean trade networks, and the fall of the major late Bronze Age cities in the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean.

A votive offering is an object displayed in a sacred place for religious purposes, in order to gain the favour of supernatural forces. The worshippers considered it to be a gift to the god: pottery, jewellery, weapons, statues, and animals offerings were all possible forms that a votive offering could take.

Weight 101 g
Dimensions H 8 cm
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