Kusura Marble Idol

Culture: Anatolia
Period: 2700-2300 B.C.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 6.7 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 6260
Provenance: Sotheby’s auction New York on 10 December 1999, lot 373. Thence in Dr. Stan V. Smith’s private collection, Chicago.
Condition: The surface especially on one side with encrustation, on the other side a vertical scratch in the patina. The idol itself is intact.
Description: Elegant idol of the so-called Kusura type. From the circular head the form merges into a strong neck, tapering in the middle. Followed by slightly bent shoulders finally angularly merging into the body, which is rounded at the bottom. Idols such as the present one are called violin idols due to their form. They possibly served for a fertility rite. Mounted.