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Mesopotamian Eye Idol Statue - MES01
List Price: $26.00
2.5"H x 2.5"W x 1.75"D
Resin, metal stand
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Eye Idol Miniature Statue (Mesopotamia, ca. 3000 BC)
In 1937, English archaeologists discovered the remains of a remarkable temple near the city of Tell Brak in North-eastern Syria. The plasterwork proved to contain hundreds of alabaster idols. They all had angular, flat bodies and small heads with over-sized eyes. They were called
and the temple was nicknamed the eye temple.
During the fourth and third millennium BC, Tell Brak was one of the most important towns in Northern Mesopotamia (the land between the two rivers, the Euphrates and the Tigris). The fortified town controlled the principal trading route through the Tigris Valley, along which metals from Anatolia to the north were brought in and through which the caravans traveled to and from the Mediterranean.
Eye Idol Statue
illustrates two pairs of larger eyes on simplified bodies with three small pairs below. It suggests a family formation but whether this is intended is unknown. The eyes are enlarged and exaggerated. In other cultures, the eye is an important symbol of knowledge and warding off evil spirits.
Mesopotamian Eye Idol Miniature Statue
is made from resin with a stone finish, black metal stand. Measures: 2.5"H x 2.5"W x 1.75"D. Part of the Parastone Museum Collection of museum replicas.
In an excerpt found on the web, we identified a very similar original statue which had been in a Sotheby's auction in 2003.
The original statue fetched $21,600!
(http://www.thecityreview.com/f03sant.html written by Carter B. Horsely)
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