ANATOLIAN MARBLE IDOL HEAD, KILIYA TYPE, ‘STARGAZER’

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ANATOLIAN MARBLE IDOL HEAD, KILIYA TYPE, ‘STARGAZER’

Highly stylized geometric form with long ridged nose and small ears projecting out at their tips, short slender neck, set obliquely at underside of head

Ex priv. coll. G.M.R. H., England
H. 4,8 cm. Some encrustation.
Chalcolithic Period, c. 3300-2500 BC

Few complete Kilyia idols survived, often broken across the neck.
These idols take their name from the findspot, Kyliya, a site near Gallipoli in Turkey. Its polular name of ‘stargazer’ come from the obvious backward tilt of the head

Cf. P. Getz-Preziosi et al., Glories of the Past, New York 1990, p.9

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