Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Bird Goddess of Senorbi

Excavated from the ruins of a neolithic village, carved from alabaster in Sardinia during the latter part of the 4th millennium BCE.

Her abstract shape, with arms folded and feet together, was typical of the period. The long beak and chevron necklace are ancient bird symbols and are reflected in many examples of female figurines excavated throughout Europe, the Mediterranean area and the Middle East. Its form clearly represents fertility and is very reminicent of the Cycladic style from Greece.

Location of original: National Archaeological Museum of Cagliary (Sardinia), 3200 - 2800 BC

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