Lime Plaster Statue from Ain Al-Ghazal

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published on 11 April 2016

This extraordinary statue is one of the earliest large-scale representations of the human form. It was found as part of a cache of up to 25 statues buried in a pit under the floor of an abandoned house. All of these statues have naturalistically rendered heads and faces. Some figures are large and and have realistically represented bodies while the smaller ones are more schematized. Many are decorated with paint or shallow incisions to indicate hair, items of clothing, and to highlight facial features. From Ain Al-Ghazal, modern-day Jordan. Pre-Pottery Neolithic B Period, 7200 BCE. Lime plaster over armatures of reeds and twine. Lent by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. It is currently housed in the British Museum, London.



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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