National Museum of Archaeology - Headless corpulent seated figure

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National Museum of Archaeology - Headless corpulent seated figure

This stone statue, representing a corpulent human figure, displayed at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, was found at Ħaġar Qim Temples during one of the excavation campaigns that took place periodically between the year 1839 and 1950. The statue dates back to the Temple Period, between 3600 and 2500 BC.

This stone figure is considerably damaged on shoulders, neck, hands, arms, right leg and foot; it has a smooth finish and bears signs of fire. This statue is one of a group of four similarly carved human figures which were found in a cache under a step leading to the one-apsed annexe of the Ħaġar Qim Temples.

Headless corpulent seated figure details
Headless corpulent seated figure details

The position of the human figure is very similar to that of the other figures with feet tucked to one side, one arm crossed over the abdomen and the other resting on the thigh.

A notable feature is that all these sizeable statues, as well as others dating to the same period, were found headless. Instead of a head there is a hollow indicating that such statues could have been purposely carved to have interchangeable heads. Many of these figures, although commonly referred to as the "Fat Lady", have no clear indication of sex leaving the subject open to interpretation. They could have represented males, females or asexual beings (representing a human figure which could be either male or female).

Source: Heritage Malta