Mesopotamian, Tell Brak Alabaster eye idol, Middle Uruk period, 4th millennium BCE

A flat, alabaster idol, incised on the front face and smooth on the back face. It has two large eyes in the upper part, with the outline, pupils and eyebrow lines standing out. The eyes are striking and open, with a look of surprise. This type of figurine has been excavated at Tell Brak, where thousands were found in a building now called the Eye Temple. They were probably dedicated there as offerings. Another hypothesis that has been put forward is that they were votive offerings representing the faithful, as their eyes could represent the ability to visualise the gods.


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