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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 160

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA STEATOPYGOUS FIGURE

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, THESSALY, CIRCA 6TH MILLENNIUM B.C.

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    A GREEK TERRACOTTA STEATOPYGOUS FIGURE
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, THESSALY, CIRCA 6TH MILLENNIUM B.C.
    The standing female figure of generous proportions, depicted with a protruding abdomen, perhaps pregnant, with broad hips, ample thighs and buttocks, tapering dramatically along the legs, her arms bent inward at her upper torso, covering her breasts, the long cylindrical head on a continuous plane with the neck, with a vertical nose and angled slit eyes, the top of the head flat
    3 15/16 in. (10 cm.) high


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    For a similar example said to be found in Thessaly, between Volos and Lamis, see no. 42 in Ortiz, In Pursuit of the Absolute, Art of the Ancient World from the George Ortiz Collection.
    For two mother goddess figures of the same period from the Hacilar region in Anatolia, of similar style and proportion see nos. 38 and 48 in Kulaçoglu, Gods and Goddesses. Like the Ortiz example, these share the fold of the arms and the angled slit eyes.

    The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. N103f65 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, 1990s.