Anthropomorphic Statue

Anthropomorphic statue

Sahara Desert

Circa 2000-1000 BC

Green Stone

Height: 6 ¼ inches (15.9 cm)

 

An early depiction of the human form, this figure takes on an elegant, almost modern quality.  Rounded protrusions represent the stylized head and arms.  A subtle undulating design is carved into the base of the figure. 

Abstract statues of the human form are most commonly referred to as “Mother Goddesses” and are found throughout the Middle East, Asia Minor, the Mediterranean, and Old Europe.  Common characteristics of these early forms include a rounded lower and mid-section- suggesting a pregnant figure, smaller upper portions, and vestigial appendages.  Each region produced distinctive figural types from stone or terracotta.