Double-Headed Statue from Ain Ghazal

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 April 2018

This double-headed statue (upper torso) was made of lime plaster, reed, and bitumen and was found in modern-day Ain Ghazal city in the outskirts of Amman, Jordan Hashemite Kingdom in the year 1985 CE. Between 1983-1985 CE, 15 statues and 15 busts made of lime plaster and reed were found in two underground caches. These statues and busts (depicting human heads) are considered the earliest large-scale representations of the human form and are one of the most outstanding examples of prehistoric art from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period. All of them are in Jordan and are on display at the Jordan Archaeological Museum and the Jordan Museum; two are on display (as a loan) at the British Museum in London. Pre-pottery Neolithic period B, circa 6500 BCE. (Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman, Jordan).



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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