Bill Robertson

Terracotta Figurine

This female figurine holding a child or a votive offering may represent a worshipper or, more probably, a major or minor goddess. The third millennium B.C. figure’s headdress may signify special status. Several small statues similar to this 6.6-inch-high example have been found in Syrian sites along the upper stretches of the Euphrates. All wear necklaces, and none of them possesses a mouth; some may have served as protective “house gods.”