Catal Huyuk is the Turkish name for a Neolithic archaeological site in Turkey. Several significant artifacts from this site are displayed in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, Turkey. These are artifacts from the research conducted by Professor James Mellaart between 1961 and 1965. The figurines and wall paintings are extremely significant in the history of religion and art.


Seated mother goddess figurine from Catal Huyuk, circa 5800 BC. Made out of clay - height 16.5 cm (without head). Found in a grain bin in Shrine A II; the head has been restored.

Side view of the mother goddess figurine.


Side view of the mother goddess figurine.


Back view of the mother goddess figurine.


Relief out of greenish-grey schist of a couple embracing (left side) and Mother & Child (right side). Dated from 6000 to 5500 BC. Discovered in shrine VI.A.30 and measures 11.5 cm in height.


Statuette made of blue limestone representing a goddess seated upon a spotted leopard; she carresses the head (to the left) and back (to the right) of the animal. The goddess wears a leopard skin neckerchief. From the Hunting Shrine E VI; measures 11 cm. in height. The drilled holes suggest that it could be worn as a pendant. Professor Mellaart identified the leopard as "the sacred animal of the deities of the animal world and of nature" (Catal Huyuk, 1967, page 156).


Painted clay figure of a goddess from Shrine VI A.61. Height 4.1 cm.


Female figurine.


Statuette of a seated young god found in shrine E VI. Measures 21.5 cm in height.


Female figurine.


Female figurine.


Alabaster figure of a standing goddess was found in the storeroom of Shrine E.IV.4. The burning of the building caused the alabaster to blister.


Partly burnt, white marble figurine f a kneeling goddess from Shrine VI.A.25; measures 17 cm in height.


Female figurine.


Female figurine.


Double Female Statuette from Shrine VI.A.10, level VI. Height 17.2 cm.


Wall painting of men hunting a wild stag.


Drawing of the wall painting of men hunting a wild stag.


Closeup of the wall painting of men hunting a wild stag.


Closeup of the wall painting of men hunting a wild stag.


Wall painting of a geometric pattern that probably parallels designs on woven kilims. Like the panel is Shrine VII.21.


Wall painting of red circles and arcs.


Red equids and a large black bird in a fragment of wall painting.


Red vulture descending upon a beheaded human; Vulture Shrine VII.8.


Red hand prints.


Flint ceremonial dagger from male burial with a handle in shape of snake; Shrine VI.B.29. Length 10.3 cm.


Two spiral stamp seals of baked clay from Levels VI - II.


Stamp seal out of baked clay.


Broken stamp seal out of baked clay.


Stamp seal out of baked clay.


Broken stamp seal out of baked clay.


Broken stamp seal out of baked clay.


Oval stamp seal out of baked clay.


Baked clay stamp seals.


Strings of necklaces made from stone, deer teeth, and bone.


Necklaces.


Necklaces, bracelets and rings.


Small cooking pot and three pot supports. Height of the cooking pot is 8.5 cm and the pot stands range from 7.9 to 8.6 cm.
Webpage constructed in 10 April 2012 by Professors Michael Fuller and Neathery Fuller,
St. Louis Community College
Photographs taken in March 2012 while participating in a study abroad fellowship hosted by Ohio State University and the Niagara Foundation.