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A Mesopotamian Terracotta Female Statue, ca. 2nd millennium BCE

MT1804

Shown standing, with arms raised, decorative circles to the center of the body, the head with birdlike features.

Dimensions: Height: 9 inches (22.86 cm), Width: 5 inches (12.7 cm)

Condition: Expected wear with minor losses but intact and overall in very good condition.

Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance, including this object, was inherited by descent in 2016.


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