Neolithic Vinča Figure with Incised Decoration

Culture: Southeastern Europe
Period: 5500-4500 B.C.
Material: Clay
Dimensions: 7.5 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 5177
Provenance: Viennese private collection Dusan Jovanovic (1956-2015), acquired 1970 from Galerie Erwin Richter in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. With a provenance confirmation by Erwin Richter. Since then in a family estate.
Condition: Intact
Description: Finely worked out, standing figure of the Vinča culture of light brown clay. The angular head with the typical mask-like face, semi-circular engraved eyes and a long, pointy nose. The back of the head is flat and merges into a calotte in a sharp edge. The figure wears a neck jewellery which is indicated by perforations. The stub arms protruding to the sides. The hips are protruding, the buttock is slightly rounded. The female figure wears a long dress, which is decorated by diagonal notches. The legs are not accentuated, the base is flat. Vinča figures such as the present one were used for cult purposes and served as fertility idols. From the area of Supska-Stublina.