Statuettes standing or lying on one side

Figurine stanti o distese su un fianco
Author: 
Type: 
Sculpture
Year: 
Parthian period (1st-2nd century A.D.)
Material and technique: 
Alabaster
Origin: 
From southern Mesopotamia
Inventory: 
Inv. MB 258, 259, 300, 311, 312, 321, 400
Collection: 

Parthian alabaster statuettes are mostly standing female figures shown in the nude; some are dressed or half draped, lying on one side; some are seated male or female figures, or musicians. The female figures may be Aphrodite/Anahita, or participants in a funerary banquet or a religious ceremony. Many of these statuettes are multicolored and have two holes at the level of their elbows, for the insertion of mobile forearms.

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