Figure anthropomorphe

Anthropomorphic figure

Like most of the other exemplars of this type, this anthropomorphic figure in copper was probably found in a “hoard,” composed of a set of objects deliberately buried in the ground, a way to store objects of value or to make religious offerings.

Paul Yule has enumerated 129 of these “caches,” which, in addition to anthropomorphic figures, may contain harpoons, spears, flat axes, and swords [1]. One of these figures was found at the site of Saipa, but no stratigraphic information or context has allowed us to provide a precise date, which may have been situated during the second millennium B.C. The figure itself displays no cutting edge or particular traces of its function, apart from the longitudinal impact marks from hammering, suggestive of those on an ingot, and short oblique grooves superposed on the first set of marks, indicating a second operation, perhaps linked to the act of making an offering.

Published in: Yule 1998.

[1Yule 1992.