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Female figure with folded arms

Female figure with folded arms
Early Cycladic II (c. 2700-2400 BC)
Greece : Cycladic
Marble
h 27.6 x w 9 x d 4 cm
1973
UEA 342

This figure is from the Cyclades (a group of Greek islands north of Crete). Figures are so far the best known Early Cycladic artefact.

This example is made of pale marble which is rough in texture and has a matt finish. Its form is typical of the so called canonical period of Cycladic figures: head projecting backwards, arms held across the body, the only defined facial feature remaining is a long nose which protrudes from the face.

The function and meaning of these figures remains obscure, though many have come from graves or shrines and so could be deities, memorial images worshippers or attendants.

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