Fragment of a bronze face of the emperor Marcus Aurelius (Louvre, Paris).
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Composite Figurine
Origin: Turkmenistan
Circa: 2100 BC to 1700 BC
Dimensions: 2.125” (5.4cm) high
Style: Bactrio-Margiana
Medium: steatite
Small stone composite figurine portrayed squatting, wearing a robe decorated with a low relief abstract wavy pattern, perhaps imitating sheep’s fleece, with a limbless body. This figurine could be ascribed to a group of composite statuettes made of soft black steatite or chlorite and alabster unearthed prevalently in Bactria-Margiana and dating to the early 2nd millennium BC. Western Central Asia or Bactrio-Margiana, now known as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and northern Afghanistan, has yielded objects attesting to a highly developed civilization in the late third and early second millennium B.C. Artifacts from the region indicate that there were contacts with Iran to the southwest. As clay copies of such statuettes have also been found in burial contexts, it is likely that they would have been made of various materials. Unfortunately the archaeological evidence is still lacking, as many of the statuettes from excavated sites are either incomplete or shattered.
Such composite statuettes, always carefully executed, have been generally associated with burials and probably portrayed the women buried in the grave. Yet, the standardisation of their shapes would seem to point to an ideal rather than a real person, including the fact that some of the best representations of squatted ladies in compartemented seals from the same area and time featured also wings or animals suggesting a divine connotation.
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