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Title Cycladic Female Figurine
English: Figurines of this type, from the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, have been found almost exclusively in tombs. Although it was first believed that these so-called "idols" represent deities, they probably should be interpreted more broadly as representations of "femaleness." The geometric shapes, the position of the arms across the abdomen, and the close-set legs with dangling feet are distinctive and may appear strikingly modern to the viewer today. This example represents the high point of Cycladic figurine carving, when the form had become extremely elegant.
Date between circa 2500 and circa 2400 BC (Early Cycladic II)
Medium marble
Dimensions Height: 41.5 cm (16.3 in). Width: 10.7 cm (4.2 in). Depth: 3.75 cm (1.5 in).
Accession number 23.253
Exhibition history Early Cycladic Art. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah. 2006.
Credit line Museum purchase, 1993
Ownership history
  • Henri Seyrig, 1950s or 1960s [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Herbert A. Cahn, Basel, Switzerland [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Walters Art Museum, 1993, by purchase
place of origin Cyclades, Greece
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