Neolithic Plastered Skull
Date ca. 7000 BCE
Movement Prehistoric, Neolithic
Medium Plaster and organic remains
Provenance Jericho, Jordan
Housed at Archaeological Museum, Amman
As peoples in the Near East created permanent settlements and societies, spare time and resources were increased, and their art flourished. Plastered skulls such as this one would have been placed just above the bodily remains of the deceased below-ground, as a sign of respect for the dead or some kind of worship.