Sitting atop the jug with his knees bent, the seven-inch tall clay statuette was created with an impressive level of precision and attention to detail.
Most likely the sculpture, the likes of which have never before been discovered in previous research, was added after the vessel was made.
"The neck of the jug served as a base for forming the upper portion of the figure, after which the arms, legs and a face were added to the sculpture," Itach said.
"It is unclear if the figure was made by the potter who prepared the jug or by another craftsman," he added.
The researchers also discovered 6,000-year-old remains from the Chalcolithic period, including thousands of fragments of pottery vessels, hundreds of flint and basalt tools and animal bones. They also unearthed a churn which was widely used for making butter.
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