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Tepe Hissar Marble Idol

23rd-19th century BC

A flat female idol in alabaster, of hourglass form; roughly-cylindrical head, emphasised breasts. 360 grams, 14.3cm (5 3/4"). Fine condition, chipped in antiquity.

From a UK private collection, 1980s; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by IADAA certificate number no.14012020/1510.

See Schmidt, E.F., Excavations at Tepe Hissar Damghan, Philadelphia, 1937, fig. 7; accompanied by a copy of this and other publications featuring this type of idol.

This idol corresponds to those found in Tepe Hissar, the type belonging to the level III C. The rather stereotyped Hissar IIIC human figures, which in almost all cases are shaped as a female, are characterised by their translucent alabaster, a roughly hourglass-shaped body and the head perforated for suspension.