- 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
- Persistent Link
- 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
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
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