Vinča Figure with a Spiral Skirt

Culture: Southeastern Europe
Period: 5500-4500 B.C.
Material: Clay
Dimensions: 12.8 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 5086
Provenance: Collection Nikola Javanovic, Vienna. Acquired in the 1960s. Since then in family estate. Accompanied by a TL test.
Condition: One minor ancient wear on the cap, otherwise intact and of extraordinary quality.
Description: Extraordinarily beautiful and well preserved clay figure of the Vinča culture with black pigmentation and red color remains. The triangular head with the typical bulging eyes with long, upwards facing incised eyelashes. The chin pointy, the nose broad. On the head a headwear with four perforations, underneath on the back of the head three more perforations. The arms standing sideways with the hands resting on the belly. The shoulders and elbows on both sides pierced. The buttock backwards, the belly with navel slightly round protruding forward. On the lower body the figure wears a dress, decorated with spiral patterns in the front. At the back cross-hatched incised decoration. On the upper- and lower arms deep incised decorations, they may be considered as jewellery. Vinča figures such as this one were used for ritual purposes. Hand posture and the round belly on this model may suggest a fertility cult. Possibly from the region of Supska-Stublina. TL test from Professor Rudolf Erlach, University of Applied Arts Vienna of January 2018. Mounted on a straight stand.