The area on either side of the river Amou-Daria, formerly Oxus, was given the name of Bactrian in ancient times. It currently includes northern Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
At the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, Bactria maintained intense relations with the whole of Iran and beyond, such as the Indus Valley. Numerous artistic productions of great luxury developed there in various materials: chlorite, lapis lazuli, alabaster, arsenized copper, silver, etc.
In order to bring out the contrast between the different parts of the body and the characters' clothes, the small statuary used various coloured stones.
The most represented models are the genius scarred to the body covered with scales and women, princesses, to whom their ample crinoline, sometimes with woolly wicks as here, confers a great majesty.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 17 cm.
Length: 15.5 cm.
Depth: 13.5 cm.
Weight: 2.3 kg.
Period: Beginning of the second millennium BC, Elamite period
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.