Kusura Marble Idol

Culture: Anatolia
Period: 2700-2300 B.C.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 4.8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 6261
Provenance: Sotheby’s auction New York from 10 December 1999, lot 373. Thence in the private collection of Dr. Stan V. Smith, Chicago.
Condition: Intact
Description: Small, but finely worked out idol of the so-called Kusura type. From the circular head the form merges into a strong neck tapering towards the end. Slightly tilted shoulders continue from there. Below two sideways protruding arm stubs, after the finely curved waist the opulent corpus rounded at the bottom. Due to their form idols like the present one are also called violin idols. They possibly served for a fertility rite. Mounted.