Anthropomorphic Doll

AnonymusB.C. 100

Museo de Huesca

Museo de Huesca
Huesca, Spain

Figure from the Iberian era representing a woman. Its exact use is not known. It may have been a domestic doll or it could be related to worship and religious offerings. Only the head, neck, and upper part of the torso remain. Its surface is decorated with burgundy painted lines. Its face has a slightly triangular shape, with a large nose that begins immediately below the narrow forehead and is broken at the tip. The mouth is a small depression without any markings for lips. The very pronounced chin is triangular in shape. The eyes are formed of two wide hollows with two appliquéd circular pieces of clay. The right eye is slightly larger than the left. Another element that appears on the top of the head is a headdress consisting of a flat headcovering that sticks out at the back and is decorated with a painted lattice. The headdress also features a diadem represented by fine incisions, although this could also be a line of hair emerging from the head covering. As it is incomplete, it is difficult to know precisely how the back would have been decorated. A necklace is represented by a painted horizontal line, with shorter, vertical lines coming out of it like pendants. The design of the dress is outlined with painted, burgundy strokes. The arms have been lost as they were made of appliquéd clay that came off a long time ago. However, the imprints they left on the torso indicate that the arms were held to the chest in a position that could suggest the figure was praying or making an offering.


  • Title: Anthropomorphic Doll
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: B.C. 100
  • Physical Dimensions: 4,8 x 7,1 x 3,2 cm
  • Type: Pottery
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Handmade pottery
  • Photograph: Fernando Alvira Lizano
  • Cultural Context: Iberian Culture

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