Mesopotamian Marble Eye Idol

An ancient Mesopotamian Tell Brak marble eye idol of schematic form with incised eyes and lines across the chest.

Early Uruk Period.
Ca. 3500 - 3000 BC.
Height: 2 1/2 in (6.1 cm).

At the site of Tell Brak on the Habur tributary of the Euphrates River, thousands of Eye Idols of marble, alabaster, and clay have been excavated at what has come to be known as the Eye Temple. Several other Northern Mesopotamian sites of the late Gawra and Early Uruk period have yielded similar examples.

cf.: M. Roaf, A Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Near East, (New York, 1990), pp. 66-67.
Formerly in an American private collection; previously in a French private collection.
Inv#: 8120
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