Anatolian Kusura-Beycesultan Bronze Age marble idol




A Kusura-Beycesultan type marble idol consisting of a rounded body with short pointed arms, a long neck and tilted head.

These enigmatic and higly abstract flat marble idols, also known as a “violin idols”, were carved on the Anatolian coastline around the same time as the production of marble idols on the Cycladic Islands. They appear to show the squat rounded body of a seated figure surmounted by a head above an elongated neck, the head either shown facing or in profile as this example.

Anatolia, Early Bronze Age II, c. 2700-2100 BC

7.9 x 4.7 cms

Intact as shown, one side has been cleaned while the other retains some surface accretions

Ex. deceased estate, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; acquired late 20th Century

For very fine larger example with profile head, please compare: