God/dess Series: The “Thinker” and “Sitting Woman” of Hamangia


The “sitting woman” and the “thinker” of Hamangia.
National History and Archaeology Museum, Constanta.

Most of my research for these two figures originally came through Marija Gimbutas (link to wiki.)  I was introduced to her through the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote two wonderful books I’ve used as references when painting my goddesses and gods, The Language of the Goddess, and The Goddess and Gods of Old Europe.

The two small figurines were found together at the site of Baia-Hamangia in 1952 alongside Lake Golovita in Romania, and if memory serves, they are the oldest male and female to be found in the same dig or burial ground.  The museum calls them “the thinker” and “the sitting woman.”  I can imagine them on some ancient traveling altar, or buried with a couple, small god/goddess figurines of the Neolithic period, between 4500-5200 BC.

After several small studies on paper, I painted them big, acrylic and pencil on canvas, 42×36-inches.  The sketches for these wonderful figurines became the basis for several family members in My Family Series.  Below, my brother Patrick and my grandmother, Lyle Genevieve, though I softened her edges from the original because she was a soft woman to curl up with.  The figures feel to me to correspond with a personality type.  My brother and my grandmother also had an unusually tight-knit relationship, and he idolized her.


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The “sitting woman” and the “thinker” image of Hamangia from Wikipedia,
courtesy the National History and Archaeology Museum, Constanta.

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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10 Responses to God/dess Series: The “Thinker” and “Sitting Woman” of Hamangia

  1. Valerie-Jael says:

    The originals are wonderful, and I love the paintings you have made – they reflect the strength of the stone figures, and look really archaic. Valerie


  2. Sammy D. says:

    Beautiful figurines and history. I love the way you have incorporated both with your own family renderings. All beautiful pieces.

    Lainey featured you in her post today with 4 other bloggers. If you don’t know Silvia from Silvia Writes (URL on Lainey’s post) you should contact her about your post today. I know she’d enjoy it because she is originally from Romania and did her A to Z on her homeland.


  3. justlyd says:

    Very cool,I love where you ended up from your initial inspiration pieces.


  4. susanissima says:

    The last figure reminds me a an Inuit print we have from Baffin Island called “Dreaming” where many heads coming off the central figure reveal what he is dreaming. Lovely work!


  5. happytiler says:

    Wonderful interesting pieces!! Great inspiration!

    Hugs Giggles


  6. Pingback: Mimi, from “My Family” Series | D.Katie Powell Art

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