Art & Museums

This plaster statue, dating to around 6,500 B.C. and discovered in Ain Ghazal, Jordan, is one of the oldest known in human history. It’s among the earliest large-scale representations of human form. The settlement in which it was found, spread across 30 acres (12 hectares) along the Zarqa River, was one of the largest known Neolithic settlements in the Near East.

The sculpture was unveiled Tuesday in front of the Pompidou modern art museum. Made of cubical containers, the artwork suggests two human figures having sex. Artist Joep Van Lieshout told The Associated Press the work, titled “Domestikator,” is meant to represent the domestication of the Earth by humankind and the evolution of robotics and big data.