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Female Figure

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Description 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 Description Narrative
10/26/1992Examinationtechnical study
9/19/1996Examinationexamined for loan
6/26/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
2/14/2005Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Early Cycladic Art. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah. 2006.
  • Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 - 2016. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Met Breuer, New York. 2018.
Provenance 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.
Credit Museum purchase, 1993

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ca. 2500-2400 BCE (Early Cycladic III)
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H: 16 5/16 x W: 4 3/16 x D: 1 1/2 in. (41.5 x 10.7 x 3.75 cm)

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