Sunday, June 11, 2006

Hacilar IX-VI

What could be more exciting than the discovery of another tradition of figure sculpture?

This one comes from Anatolia and dates way back to 5700-5600 BC.



And here's the website it comes from.

With a few million people today, worldwide, making little figures in clay or plastic, you'd think that nothing from a small, forgotten town 7500 years ago would stand out --- but it does because this is the work of a sacred tradition, not just an artsy individual -- so there is social pressure to fulfill a specific imaginative function (the goddess lives !) -- and there are generations of people working and coaching next generations to achieve it.

So the item has power and dignity -- rather than wanton self expression.

4 Comments:

Blogger Gawain said...

Here is an interesting thought (not mine): how do we know these are meant to be goddesses?

June 11, 2006  
Blogger chris miller said...

It does seem that whenever archeologists find a bunch of small figures, they call the objects 'votive images' and they call the place a shrine -- when, maybe it was just a doll collection in a little girl's bedroom.

June 12, 2006  
Blogger New York Red said...

Love this. It is a full and curvy girl's figure...yet so simple....it is ancient yet so morden...amazing

June 12, 2006  
Blogger chris miller said...

Sorry ,Gawain,I forgot to ask: who was it that had this 'interesting thought' -- and what alternative functions did he offer ?

June 12, 2006  

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