From Catal Hoyuk, this fertility figure (about 7,000 yrs old with 2 leopards at her
side (and some say, giving birth here), is the most well-known figure of its type. Goddess
of Beasts, she developed later into Artemis.
This carving in baked clay was unearthed by archeologist James Mellaart in 1961.
Excellent ongoing-excavations site.
Interesting article by Alvino.
See another version from Catal Huyuk in a photo by Lillian Bennett.