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World's Oldest Figurines to Go On Display in Iran


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 08 February 2004


The Oldest Figurine in the World

The Venus of Tepe Sarab, 7000 BCE



A 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 manufacturers.

"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.



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