University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Ubaid Figurine [Object of the Day #79]

By: Alyssa Kaminski



With her hands on her hips and a bitumen wig, the most defining characteristic of this figurine may be her bird head. Created in Iraq during the Ubaid Period, this figure represents a nude woman. The figurine is made from terracotta and bitumen. It was created using an incising method which uses sharp tools to dig into the material, producing tiny details.

Penn Museum Object #31-16-733

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