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29-SEP-2004 Andrys

Oldest Mother Goddess figurine, from Catalhoyuk, 6th C. BC

From Catal Hoyuk, this fertility figure (about 7,000 yrs old with 2 leopards at her
side (and some say, giving birth here), is the most well-known figure of its type. Goddess
of Beasts, she developed later into Artemis.

This carving in baked clay was unearthed by archeologist James Mellaart in 1961.

Excellent ongoing-excavations site.
Interesting article by Alvino.
See another version from Catal Huyuk in a photo by Lillian Bennett.

Canon PowerShot S400
1/30s f/3.5 at 10.8mm full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Guest 29-Jun-2008 20:38

I am a french architect and I am doing some reserach on the ancient mother goddess for an article I am writting. I wonder if you would let me use you picture of the çatalhoyuk goddess figurine?
Please let me know :


Bruno Marmiroli - France
Andrys Basten25-Oct-2006 03:28
Guest, thanks for the update on the link that was provided. It didn't require enrollment or a password in the past. I guess they got too many visitors.
I've provided a new informational link that doesn't require log-ons.
Guest 25-Oct-2006 03:09
I just enrooled into this website and now I cant get on to view information found about this goddess figurine. Please do not email me any info. for this is just another scam
Rainer Engel, M.D. 21-Dec-2005 18:21
Dear Sir:

The American Urological Association displays each year at its annual meeting an exhibit on a facet of medicine of educational interest to urologic surgeons.

The theme of this year’s historical exhibit is “Sexuality: Perception and Performance.” As curator charged with the creation of this exhibit, I am searching for images to be shown. One of the images we are looking for is attached; I understand it is copyrighted to you. I am writing to obtain permission to use the image from your collection. If at all possible, we would like to obtain a digital version of at least 300 dpi. Also, please let us know how we should credit you for use of this image, if you allow us to do so.

This year’s exhibit will be shown May 20 to 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently for an additional six months at our headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
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