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Woman dressed in a woollen garment: protective deity (?)

Oxus civilisation
Central Asia, Bactria
2300–1700 BCE
Chlorite, calcite
Louvre Abu Dhabi
LAD 2011.024|25.3 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm

This majestic statuette is probably an important divinity in Central Asian mythology. She is seen on other representations in which she appears to pacify the powerful forces of nature. Both monumental and graceful, her delicate face bears an enigmatic smile.

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