Northwestern Iran / Figure of a female / early 1st millennium B.C.Northwestern Iran
Figure of a female
early 1st millennium B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Northwestern Iran
Title: Figure of a female
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Creation Date: early 1st millennium B.C.
Creation Place: northwestern Iran
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H. 12.3 in. (31.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 64.130
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1964

Some of the most elaborate representations of females in the art of the ancient Near East are images of divine and cult figures whose association with certain aspects of life made them essential to the welfare of humanity. Fertility, procreation, and the growth of crops and livestock were among the basic concepts identified with female divinities. Representations of nude females in clay, stone, and metal are the simplest and most obvious expression of these concepts, and such figures appear throughout antiquity in many regions.

This striking example in clay from the South Caspian region of northwestern Iran is hollow and probably served as a cult vessel as well as a sacred image.

AMICA ID: MMA_.64.130
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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