11 December 2003
A CYCLADIC MARBLE IDOL AND BOWL
Early Cycladic I, Circa 3000-2800 B.C.
The idol of schematic form, with a faceless cylindrical head and a V-shaped neckline, the torso bulging at the sides, perhaps representing truncated arms, rounded grooves above each leg at the hips and joining at the center abstractly defining genitalia, the separated legs each tapering and rounded at the ends; the shallow oval bowl with rounded base and thick tapering walls, the base flattened toward one end
4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) high (idol); 4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) long (bowl) (2)
European Lady, acquired in Switzerland, 1966.
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For the idol compare no. 121 in Thimme, ed., Art and Culture of the Cylclades. For a discussion of the type and the dating see p. 581ff (op. cit.).
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