Syrian Seated God Statuette

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James Blake Wiener
published on 20 November 2017

This small bronze of an enthroned god, wearing sandals and a long wrapped cloak with ribbed ornamentation near the ankles, reflects the balance between stylization and specific adornment that many modern artists like Modigliani, Picasso, and Matisse appreciated in many kinds of ancient art. It dates from the 17th-13th century BCE, and it was unearthed in what is present-day Syria. The inserted forearms are missing, but many aspects of the figure — the upward-gazing face with its Egyptianate features, the eyes and eyebrows recessed for inlay, the pieced earlobes — attest this artistic finesse of this specimen's creator. (Collection of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York)

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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 20). Syrian Seated God Statuette. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James Blake. "Syrian Seated God Statuette." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 20, 2017.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Syrian Seated God Statuette." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 20 Nov 2017. Web. 07 Feb 2023.