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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Miniature Standing Female Figure
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Miniature 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
Leaded bronze
Cast, lost-wax process
4.1 x 1.8 cm (1 5/8 x 11/16 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Leaded Bronze:
Cu, 86.8; Sn, 0.49; Pb, 11.85; Zn, 0.002; Fe, 0.01; Ni, 0.17; Ag, 0.02; Sb, 0.07; As, 0.58; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, 0.014; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
J. Riederer

Technical Observations: The statuette is a solid cast. The lower portion of the body below the arms appears to have been worked by hot working, cold working, or both to form the tip. Tan burial deposits adhere to the green and black patina, with an area of exposed red cuprite near the tip of the figure.

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 small figure’s vertical body ends in a rounded tip. Its arms bend forward horizontally from the elbows. There are slight rounded protrusions on both shoulders. An oval head surmounts an elongated neck, flat at the back. It has a pointed, triangular nose, slight depressions for the eyes, and a modeled groove around the chin. A horizontal roll-like element, perhaps indicating part of a coiffure, sits atop the head. There are extremely rudimentary traces of breasts between the arms.
This small figure is a variant of the pointed spike figures of Late Bronze Age Levantine votive statuette. The flat horizontal roll atop the head is very unusual.

David G. Mitten

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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