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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Plank Idol with Two Heads

ca. 2300 BCE-1900 BCE


This Cypriot idol is a splendid example of the geometrical representation of human forms, a trend that appeared during the 3rd millennium BCE and found both in the Mediterranean area and in Anatolia. Cut out of a sheet of clay, as its name suggests, this statuette is distinguished by its Siamese-twin heads. The faces and body bear incisions to suggest decorative elements, clothing and even tattoos or scarring. While the two heads have a single body seen from the front, the back of the statuette suggests two separate figures.

Artwork Details

Title: Plank Idol with Two Heads
Geography: Cyprus
Date: ca. 2300 BCE-1900 BCE

Medium: polished and incised terracotta

Classification: sculpture
Dimensions: 27.9 x 11.2 x 0.5 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.025
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