Oldest Figurine in the World
Venus of Tepe Sarab, 7000 BCE
set of human figurines will go on show soon in the
National Iranian Museum. Dating back to 7th millennia B.C.
to the Islamic period, they are considered the oldest
human figurines in the world.
Head of the Lorestan history at the museum Suri Ayazi
noted the figurines impart valuable information regarding
the social, cultural and economic conditions of their
"The exhibition is of paramount significance when it
comes to looking at the development of sculpture making in
the ancient world. In addition, it gives modern viewers a
perspective on their manufacturers' religious insight and
beliefs, featuring the creativity of the primitive
men," she said.
Many of the 150 figurines have been found in Susa in
Khuzestan during archeological excavations. Some of them
are characterized by abstract features, inspiring modern
artists, she maintained.
The figurines were found in ancient graves and temples,
indicating their religious nature.
"Those found in graves must have been presents while
those placed in graves were meant to meet the needs of the
dead," Ayazi remarked.
Among the figurines on show is the world famous the 2.5
inches high Sarab Hill Venus.