Idol of Extremadura

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James Blake Wiener
published on 01 November 2017

The representation of eyes is a common trait shared by different groups of idols and has given rise to a generic term for these objects: "eye idols." Other shared feeatures are the representation of hair and what are thought to be facial tattoos. The circumstances surrounding the discovery of this object known as the "Idol of Extremadura" are unclear, but judging form the number of similar pieces found in the Guadalquvir River, it quite likely came from that area of southern Spain and is more than 3,000 years old. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2017, November 01). Idol of Extremadura. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James Blake. "Idol of Extremadura." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 01, 2017.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Idol of Extremadura." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 01 Nov 2017. Web. 26 Mar 2023.