Female Figure Of The Spedos Variety
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1995.1134
Title
Female Figure of the Spedos Variety
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture, statuette
Date
2600-2500 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Cyclades
Period
Bronze Age, Early
Culture
Cycladic
Location
Level 3, Room 3200, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
18 x 5.5 x 8.5 cm (7 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Nelson Goodman, Weston, MA, (by 1965-1995), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1995.

Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nelson Goodman
Accession Year
1995
Object Number
1995.1134
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
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.
Publication History

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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted