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"Mother goddess" figurine

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It was long thought that the Neolithic peoples of the Near East attributed the earth's fertility and the forces of nature to a goddess of abundance, represented by corpulent figurines like this one. However, recent scholarship indicates that the identity and function of these figurines is...

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Provenance

By 1964: Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson (purchased in Turkey "several years earlier," according to MFA files); 1964: given to the MFA by Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson. (Accession Date: November 12, 1964)

Credit Line

Gift of Brig. Gen. (ret.) and Mrs. Eric H. F. Svensson

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Neolithic Period, 6000–5500 B.C.

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Dimensions

Height x width: 2 x 2.3 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.2052

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture