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ARTEMIS GALLERY Rare / Early Near-Eastern Gypsum Head of Deity

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Seller: artemisgallery (681) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381849027628 Rare / Early Near-Eastern Gypsum Head of Deity Ancient Near East, ca. 2nd millennium BCE. This is a haunting face carved in soft white gypsum, with a delicate nose and mouth that appear secondary to the large, haunting eyes and their prominent brow line. These eyes would have been filled in with something - probably shell - to give them pupils and irises. Someone sculpted this figure for religious reasons; the figures with large eyes would have been placed in temples atop ziggurats. The striking huge eyes are a dominant feature of this kind of sculpture, and we believe that they represent some kind of ecstatic prayer state - the figure is attentive before a god and would have contributed to the sanctity of the temple. Size: 1.6" W x 2.2" H (4.1 cm x 5.6 cm) #115447 Condition: Expected wear, with encrustations, but facial features are remarkably well preserved. Provenance: Ex - Private NYC collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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