Pebble figurines

UnknownPottery Neolithic, 8000 years ago

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

Archaeological excavations of Yarmukian settlements, established some 8,000 years ago on the banks of the Yarmuk and Jordan Rivers, have revealed hundreds of figurines, which are among the best-known prehistoric works of art. Half were made of clay – some consider them to portray a prehistoric goddess – while the other half were made of pebbles, like the figurine; their phallic form probably represented a male divinity.


  • Title: Pebble figurines
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Pottery Neolithic, 8000 years ago
  • Location: Shaar HaGolan and Munhata
  • Type: Figurines
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Limestone and basalt
  • Exhibition: In The Beginning: Prehistory and the Origins of Myth, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Weisbord Exhibition Pavilion, 13/07/2005 - 08/04/2006
  • Dimensions: H: 7.1 - 31.5 cm
  • Curator: Hershman, Debby

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