Culture: Near Eastern.
Date: 3300 - 2500 B.C.
Condition: Inatct preserving the head from a statue, set on a customs raised base.
Provenance: Ex: American private collection; Ex: New York City art market.
Measurements: 1.4 inch high (3.5 cms).
From a statue, of Kiliya type, the broad backward - tilted head lunate in form, with protruding ears and slender nose. This type is also called by the name of "stargazer". This head is also known academically as Kiliya type, taking its name from the find-spot of the first of its kind to have been published. Kilia is a site near Gallipoli on Turkey's Gelibolu peninsula.
Cf: Lot 53, Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 6 December 2007, also lot 67, Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 7 December 2006 (est. $2,000 - $3,000).
Ancient Near East