Uncommon art from Iran. Large Seated Woman and child. 12 in stucco. Perhaps the ancient Iranic goddess Anahita or a non-Islamic decorative figure. Seljuks were Islamic-Turks and their art contains Anatolian traditions
Calcite, 7th millennium B.C.E., From Mesopotamia The female figure was of great symbolic significance during the Neolithic period, as attested by a proliferation of figurines in a variety of materials, here including stone, lime plaster, and clay. Although we cannot be certain whether these figures represent humans or deities, some scholars have identified them as representations of a Mother Goddess, possibly linked to the importance of fertile land in agricultural societies.