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Terracotta figurine, depicting a stylized figure. Incised decoration represents clothing and body ornament, and the ears, shoulders and elbows are pierced, possibly to hold other decorative elements. Possibly household deity.
- Production date
Height: 170 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Blurton 1997
This stylized human figure was discovered at the key site of Vinča, a large mound or tell, formed by the accumulation of settlement debris over a long period of time. Such settlements were a feature of early farming societies in parts of southeast Europe and some continued to be occupied into the Early Bronze Age. Fired clay figurines and other cult objects were found in abundance.The sex is indeterminate and the posture formal - some religious or spiritual significance is likely; it might have served as a household deity.
- On display (G51/dc5)
- Exhibition history
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number