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Anthropomorphic vessel
ca. 1400-800 B.C.E.

Iron Age I - II

H: 47.0 W: 15.5 D: 12.5 cm
Northern, Northern Iran

Gift of Arthur M. Sackler S1987.68

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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.

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