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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1960.447
Title
Cycladic Figurine of a Woman
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
statuette, sculpture
Date
2500 BCE-2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Cyclades
Period
Cycladic period
Culture
Cycladic
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Parian marble
Dimensions
actual: 11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson
Accession Year
1960
Object Number
1960.447
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Published Catalogue Text: Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums , written 1990
3 Cycladic

Figurine of a Woman

There is slight incrustation on the right side of the face and neck, and the back is covered with a thick layer of lime deposit.

The left arm is crossed above the right at a strong angle. A break at the base of the neck has been mended. The breast and arms are modeled, while the lines from the lower torso to between the legs are separated by incision.

This small figure has been identified as Early Cycladic. High, square shoulders and relatively stubby legs characterize the frontal view. Professor Olaf Hockmann (in a letter dated Oct. 26, 1978) has compared this figurine, a relatively late type, to one once in the Walpole collection "From Attica." (Walpole, R. A., Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey, London: 1817, pp. 541-542, illus.) P. Getz-Preziosi likened the statuette to a slightly cruder statuette in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Comstock, Vermeule, 1976, p. 4, no. 5 [61.1089]; Thimme, Getz-Preziosi, 1977, p. 289, no. 228, p. 484).

Cornelius Vermeule and Amy Brauer

Publication History

David Moore Robinson, "Unpublished Sculpture in the Robinson Collection", American Journal of Archaeology (1955), 59, p. 19, pl. 11, fig. 1a, b

Fogg Art Museum, The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities, A Special Exhibition, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1961), p. 26, no. 200

Patricia Getz-Preziosi, "Cycladic Art in the Fogg and Farland Collections", American Journal of Archaeology (1966), 70, p. 108, pl. 29, fig. 9

Patricia Getz-Preziosi, Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA, 1987), p. 226, no. 68, fig. 68 a and b

Cornelius C. Vermeule III and Amy Brauer, Stone Sculptures: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 20, no. 3

Exhibition History

The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities: A Special Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 05/01/1961 - 09/20/1961

Man in the Bronze Age, Chapel Arts Center, Manchester, 01/01/1970 - 01/30/1970; Brandeis University, Waltham, 02/09/1970 - 02/27/1970

Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 11/09/1987 - 01/10/1988; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 02/13/1988 - 05/15/1988

Related Works

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu