Archaeological Collection

Idol in the shape of an hourglass

Idol in the shape of an hourglass
Item name:Idol in the shape of an hourglass
Dating:2700– 2400 BC
Dimensions:h. 10.7 cm
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
Inv. No.:B 1113
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Idol showing a stylised figure of a woman (2700–2400 BC; front and back). Female idols with emphasised sexual attributes are common finds in the settlements of the Balkan and central European Neolithic in the 5th millennium BC. Contrary to these, idols from the 3rd millennium are rare, not only in Slovenia but also across Europe. Like the idol from Ig, they are more abstract than those from the Neolithic, with less pronounced sexual attributes.


Front shot.
Back shot.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 161, pp. 124, 245.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition