This figurine was found at Al Ubaíd archeological site in Iraq. It belongs to a such called Ubaíd period, dating 5900-4000 BCE, which predates the Sumerian culture. There is no explanation for the figurine intriguing shape, the statuette is labeled "a ritual object", as it common in the archeological circles when uncertain what a particular object represents. The object seem to express a humanoid head enclosed in a headgear which may be best characterized as a helmet. The strange shape may be explained by a high degree of stylization, which seem to be missing in other finds from the Ubaíd period, or the artist was trying to shape into the clay something known quite well. In the light of discoveries of "conehead" type of humanoid skulls, we may speculate that the artifact was, in fact, expressing a likeness of one of these beings with their headgear on.