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Schematic Figure, ca. 2700-2300 B.C.E

Maker: Unknown Maker, Anatolian

Medium: Marble

4 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 1/4 in. (11.4 x 4.8 x 0.6 cm)

Credit Line: Milton and Elizabeth Picard Collection

Object Number: 90.8

On View

Milton and Elizabeth Picard, Memphis, Tennessee, 1990
Known as a "Kusura-type figurine," this small sculpture takes its name from the modern Turkish village where such objects were first rediscovered. It is also described as "schematic," because it reduces the human form to a simple outline without features or limbs. The culture that made this work left no written records. However, archaeologists have suggested that the generalized female-form Kusura-type figurines represent a local fertility goddess.