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Item:274079435947Urfa Man statue scale replica c.8500-7500 BC, Sanilurfa, south eastern Turkey This handmade and painted earthenware and obsidian figurine replicates a unique find from a satellite community to Gobekli Tepe, the Mesolithic cult-shrine located close to Turkey's south-easternmost border. The 'Urfa Man' statute is the iconic human representation of the Gobkeli complex, strongly suggesting a leader in idealized. Perhaps this is the face of the Gobekli 'elite', a class of shamans who built and controlled trade in all goods, with obsidian prized most highly. This is seen in the eyes of the figurine, which are made from real obsidian, the volcanic glass so esteemed by Gobekli's people. Discovered at the end of the last century, and still being unearthed, Gobekli Tepe is revolutionizing our understanding of sophisticated hunter-gatherer-forager communities on the cusp of agriculture and settlement. A culture of hunting and animal shamanism, the culmination of traditions reaching back many millennia. The site's numerous monolithic pillars arranged in circles show a preoccupation with wild and dangerous creatures such as snake, vulture, hyena, and wild boar, with fabulous carved reliefs that are unparalleled anywhere in the world at this time. Gobekli Tepe was at the crossroads of the world in the 10th-8th millennia BC, until its complete and mysterious collapse, at which time the site was obliterated under hundreds of tons of backfilled rubble, raising many questions. Incredibly, parallels with the site's iconography and shamanic intent have survived to our own times, far away in Native American and Siberian cultures – perhaps not by coincidence. Measures approximately 16.5 cm high (base 2cm high. Weight approximately 350g (excluding package). Since the piece is made to order there will be a slight variation in the appearance of the piece you receive from the one depicted. You receive a unique object, more like the original than a cast. Coated for protection. Base included. In addition, you can also receive (at no extra cost) a thirty-six thousand word monograph / companion guidebook, The Rise and Fall of Gobekli Tepe, a fully-referenced and illustrated document explaining the history and iconography of the site, along with its many satellite communities, from inception to collapse. This will be emailed as an 89-page PDF file. To receive this you must include your email address with your order!! UK postage, £5.45 1st class signed for or £4, 2nd class signed for. International, £16 by tracked and signed Airmail. Will combine postage for multiple items. Sent within 3 days. Customs or clearance charges or delivery duties that may be incurred are the buyer's responsibility. N.B! To prevent any possibility of breakage in transit, the statuette is not fixed to the base. You will receive instructions. The piece also stands freely on its own. The acrylic base is included in the total cost, but if you do NOT want to receive the base, make an offer of £33 pounds sterling and you will receive the statuette by itself. Your questions or requests are welcome. If you are considering making an offer, message me first. Thanks for looking!Provenance:Handmade, Colour:Limestone, Type:FIGURINE, Material:Earthenware
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