H x W x D: 47 x 15.5 x 12.5 cm (18 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 4 15/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Similar vases made in the form of a human female have been found in graves in the region southwest of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. The emphasis on buttocks, pelvis, and breasts suggests that it represents a fertility goddess. Some examples preserve wire earrings inserted in the pierced ears of the figures.