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Female Figure of the Spedos Variety


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Female Figure of the Spedos Variety, 2600-2500 BCE
Sculpture
, Statuette
Cycladic
,
3rd millennium BCE
Bronze Age, Early
Creation Place: Cyclades
Marble
18 x 5.5 x 8.5 cm (7 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nelson Goodman
, 1995.1134
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
,
Description
Spedos type. Lying with her arms folded beneath her breasts, with broad hips and nose placed low on the highly convex facial plane, the right foot missing.
Commentary
Re-View Exhibition, Spring 2008, gallery label information:

Female Figure of the Spedos Variety
Attributed to the Bent Sculptor
Early Cycladic II, 2600-2500 BCE
Marble
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nelson Goodman, 1995.1134

The translucent white marble of the Cycladic Islands (modern Greece) was already used for sculpture in the third millennium BCE. The abstract forms of the characteristic female figures with folded arms once bore painted details, such as almond-shaped eyes and curly hair.
Provenance
Nelson Goodman, Weston, MA, (by 1965-1995), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1995.
Bibliography
Pat Getz-Gentle, Personal styles in early Cycladic sculpture, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, Wis., 2001)

Séan Hemingway, "The Minoan Bronze Votive Statuette of a Woman at the Harvard Art Museum", Teaching with Objects: The Curatorial Legacy of David Gordon Mitten, ed. Amy Brauer, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2010), pp. 134-147, Fig. 2

Exhibition History
Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/2007 - 01/20/2008
Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011