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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Standing Female Figure of Spike Type
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Female Figure
Work Type
statuette, sculpture
14th-13th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Anatolia
Hittite Empire period
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Physical Descriptions
Cast, lost-wax process
7.8 x 1.8 cm (3 1/16 x 11/16 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Copper:
Cu, 98.4; Sn, less than 0.25; Pb, 0.14; Zn, 0.004; Fe, 0.11; Ni, 0.15; Ag, 0.09; Sb, 0.18; As, 0.91; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, 0.017; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
J. Riederer

Technical Observations: The patina is dark grayish black with areas of red and green corrosion. The statuette is missing the proper right hand as well as fragments at the top and bottom. A casting flaw has also left a prominent hole in the nose.

The figure is a solid cast. The lower portion of the body below the arms appears to have been formed by hot working, cold working, or both to form the tip. The grooved lines in the cap and neck appear to have been done after casting.

Carol Snow (submitted 2002)

Louise M. and George E. Bates, Camden, ME (by 1971-1992), gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums, 1992.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Louise M. and George E. Bates
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This standing female statuette with a pointed body features two stubby arms projecting forward from the elbows. The tip of the right arm does not seem to have been fully cast. There are two small pellet-shaped breasts between the shoulders. The elongated neck is marked by four ridges. The head features a prominent nose, recessed eyes with low pellet-shaped pupils, and tabs projecting from the sides of the head. The pointed top of the head whose tip is missing is marked by five horizontal ridges similar to those on the neck. The back of the statuette is flat and featureless.

David G. Mitten

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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