A CYCLADIC GREY MARBLE TORSO
A CYCLADIC GREY MARBLE TORSO
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A CYCLADIC GREY MARBLE TORSO

DOKATHISMATA VARIETY, EARLY CYCLADIC II, CIRCA 2400-2300 B.C.

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A CYCLADIC GREY MARBLE TORSO
DOKATHISMATA VARIETY, EARLY CYCLADIC II, CIRCA 2400-2300 B.C.
2 5/8 in. (6.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Nicolas Koutoulakis (1910-1996), Paris and Geneva; thence by descent to the present owner.
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Lot Essay

PUBLISHED:
P. Getz-Gentle, Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture, Wisconsin, 2001, p. 53, fig. 26, pl. 48a.
The representation of the male in Cycladic sculpture is much less common than the depiction of the female. Two iconographic types are known to have been produced; one was the folded-arm figure, similar to the standard image of the female, and the other was a more distinctive hunter/warrior type, characterised by the presence of a baldric or a loin cloth.
This sculpture represents the hunter/warrior type, indicated by the belt and the beginning of a loin cloth, rendered in relief. The grey stone it is sculpted from was not normally used for figurative depictions, rather it was used for bowls and other receptacles in the late Early Cycladic II phase. Cf. D50, pl. IIIA, 32c, in P. Getz-Gentle, Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age, Pennsylvania, 1996, for a grey marble vessel. The figure is also unusual in that the forearms do not extend all the way across the body, but are rendered with unusual care and symmetry for the period.

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