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Statuette of a woman from Bactria

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 Statuette of a woman from Bactria

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Statuette of a woman from Bactria

The region lying on each side of the river Amu-Darya, the former Oxus, used to be called Bactria in ancient times. At present, it intersects the North of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

At the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C., Bactria maintained extremely close relations with all of Persia and with the regions beyond, including the Indus Valley. A rich artistic production developed in this region, various materials, such as chlorite, lapis-lazuli, alabaster, arseniuretted copper, silver and others.

In order to create a lively contrast between the different parts of the body and clothes of the figures, statuettes were made of different coloured stones.

The most frequently represented models were the scarred genie, with a body covered in scales, and women, princesses, majestic in their wide crinoline skirts, sometimes with woolly locks of hair, as in this case.

Reproduction in hand patinated resin

H. 17 L. 15,5 P. 13,5 cm
H. 6.69" W.6.10" D. 5.31" - 5.1 lbs
Material of the original
Chlorite and limestone
Beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C.
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Art movement
Oriental Antiquities