|CANAANITE BLACK BASALT HEAD OF A GOD
The oval face with once inlaid eyes. He wears a conical tiara edged with three rows of bulls’ horns certifying his high rank in the divine pantheon. Rare.
Ca. 1600 BC
H. 6 in. (15 cm.)
Ex collection of Moncure Deardorf (1883-1968), Santa Barbara, California; Maurice Bonnefoy (1920-1999), New York, acquired in the 1960s.
Cf. E. Gubel, Les Phéniciens et le monde méditerranéen, catalogue of exhibition, Brussels, 1986, p. 87; Has. Spycket, The Sculpture of the Ancient Near East, Leiden, 1981, p. 266, pl. 181.
This rare head of a beardless statue represents a god which was probably seated, dressed in a long topcoat. This topcoat as well as the head-dress can be seen in the small bronze sculptures and on stamp cylinders dated from the Middle Bronze Age (18th-17th centuries before Christ).