Canaanite Bronze Deity

SKU: MS.0090

Origin: Levant
Circa: Late Bronze Age, 1400 BC to 1200 BC
Dimensions: 5.75" Height (14.6 cm)
Medium: Bronze

Depicted seated and wearing a long tasselled robe with triple-ribbed belt, large pendant necklace and loop earrings, crowned with a tall conical headdress, the arms bent at the elbow and held up in front, the feet resting on a stool.

Private collection, acquired by 1980. with Antiquarium Ltd, New York (The Good Life; Luxury Objects of the Ancient World, New York, 1999, p. 6). Formerly private collection, USA

Intact with no visible repair or restoration. Overall the cleaned front, slightly pitted, with mottled greenish-brown patination, with some speckles of original bronze surface showing through, the rear with areas of sandy to cream surface dirt encrustation. Tang on base of feet for mounting, mounted on black mount.

Bronze figures such as this were often found in public sanctuaries, probably serving a cultic role. The figure's benign attitude as well as the crowned head suggest an association with the divine rather than a representation of a mere worshipper.

For similar enthroned figures see O. Negbi, Canaanite Gods in Metal, Tel Aviv, 1976, pp. 46-51, and O. White Muscarella, Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artefacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, pp. 363-364, nos 490-1 (acc. nos 32.18.30 and 32.161.45).



Canaanite Bronze Deity


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