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Marble female figure

Attributed to the Bastis Master

Early Cycladic II
2600–2400 B.C.
H. 24 3/4 in. (62.79 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1968
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  • Description

    The recognition of distinct artistic personalities in Cycladic sculpture is based upon recurring systems of proportion and details of execution. The stylization of the human body that is elegant almost to the point of mannerism is characteristic of the Bastis Master.

  • Provenance

    1947, purchased by Christos G. Bastis from Nicolas Koutoulakis; acquired October 16, 1968, gift of Christos G. Bastis.

  • References

    Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. 1977. Art and Culture of the Cyclades in the Third Millennium B.C., Brinna Otto and Jürgen Thimme, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, no. 166 .

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 15, pp. 58-59.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, no. B, pp. 316-17, figs. B1-B4.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1987. Sculptors of the Cyclades: Individual and Tradition in the Third Millennium B.C.. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 108-12, 162, fig. 46c, 47b, d, pls. 38, 39.

    Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 2001. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, p. 177, pls. 77c, 78c.

    Mertens, Joan R. 2002. "Cycladic Art in the Metropolitan Museum. Antecedents and Acquisitions." Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium BC, Christos G. Doumas, ed. New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc, p. 16, fig. f.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 6, pp. 33, 410.

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