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Neolithic Vinca Terracotta Human/Bison Head - Ancient Art & Antiquities

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Seller: hix.antiquitatis (713) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 282752689791 Neolithic Vinca Terracotta Human/Bison HeadAn ancient Neolithic Vinca large terracotta pottery lid in the form of the head with both human and bovine attributes. The head is molded with bovine horns but with a distinctly human prominent nose. The surface is incised to indicate large eyes and a thick mane.Vinca Culture, Balkans.Ca. 5000-4000 BC.Length: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm). Intact. Extremely rare.Accompanied by a thermoluminescence test confirming its date to +/- 4000 BC. The Vinca Culture derives its name from the modern village of Vinca, located on the banks of Danube, near Belgrade, where one of the largest and most significant prehistoric Neolithic settlements in Europe was discovered in 1908. The vast majority of Vinca figures represent women and animals.These Vinca molded zoomorphic vessel lids are almost always in the form of birds, usually owls. The bovine features are unusual, as cattle were not yet domesticated in Europe when this piece was made. cf.: M. Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess, (New York, 1989), pp. 50-53, pl. 1, figs. 88-89. Formerly in a European private collection..#3912GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBEDHIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORKMember: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA)See our 'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired. Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity. See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art. Material: Terracota

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