Our figurine is one of the extraordinary finds from Tell Brak, a late Stone Age and Bronze Age settlement. In 1937 English archaeologist Max Mallowan, husband of Agatha Christie, discovered the remains of a remarkable temple near the city of Tell Brak in North-eastern Syria. Agatha Christie joined her husband on many of his excavations in Iraq and Syria, and her evocative description of work at Brak is included in Come Tell Me How You Lived.
The plasterwork of the Tell proved to contain hundreds of alabaster idols. They all had angular, flat bodies and small heads with oversized eyes. They were called eye idols and the temple was nicknamed the eye temple. Since 2006 excavations had started again, only interrupted at the moment because of the political situation in Syria. The city had reached urban scale and complexity by the early 4th millennium BC and retained political importance and economic power through most of the 3rd millennium BC.
Tell Brak is one of the largest ancient tells in northern Mesopotamia and south Syria, over 40 m high, 800 x 600 m in area, with an extensive Outer Town including a corona of smaller tells surrounding the main tell. As a gateway city, Tell Brak controlled one of the major roads between Assyria to the east and the northern Levant and Mediterranean to the west, as well as north-south routes connecting the Euphrates Valley to the metal, timber and stone resources of Anatolia. The main area of Tell Brak was occupied from at least 6000 BC to the late 2nd millennium BC, or the end of the Late Bronze Age. Tell Brak provides one of the first examples of archaeology aided by aerial photography, the work of Fr. Antoine Poidebard in the 1920s.
The figurine is made after a museum piece. The original comes from Syria, and dates to ca. 3000 BC.
Our replica is made from a marble powder mix with resin which has a similar stability to stone, and can be handcrafted to match the features of the original.
Our piece is, indeed, handcrafted and made in The Netherlands