Lime plaster statues. Pre-Pottery Neolithic B, about 7200 BC From ‘Ain Ghazal, Jordan. The statues were named at the time of discovery using the names of their conservators and excavators. The statue in the first photo is Noah, and in the second, Micah.

Dating to the end of the eighth millennium BC, these are among the earliest large-scale representations of the human form, and are perhaps the most remarkable examples of prehistoric art from the period known as Pre-Pottery Neolithic B.

Courtesy & currently located at the British Museum, London. Photos taken by Karl Steel.

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