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religious/ritual equipment / figurine

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4500BC-4000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • 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.


  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1997 148 bibliographic details
  • Location

    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 name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Seated terracotta figurine


COMPASS Title: Seated terracotta figurine

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