Neolithic Plastered Skull

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.