Colchian Ritual Figurine from Vani

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Carole Raddato
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published on 23 November 2023
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Bronze anthropomorphic figurine with hands stretched forward in an adorant position, discovered face downward inside a sacred structure at Vani, Georgia, dated to the 3rd century BCE.

Adorned with gold jewellery (torque, bracelets, and earrings), this figure was carefully buried in a way that seems to mimic the human burials at the site. A total of seven metal figurines were discovered at Vani. Their precise function remains unclear, but they were probably related to local religious and funerary customs.

Vani Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Georgia.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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