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Marble female figure

Period:
Final Neolithic
Date:
4500–4000 B.C.
Culture:
Cycladic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.104
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150
The figure represents a rare type known as steatopygous, characterized by particularly full legs and buttocks, and is undoubtedly indicative of fertility.
[Until 1947, with Joseph Brummer, the Brummer Gallery, New York]; 1947, purchased by Walter Cummings Baker from the Brummer Gallery; 1947-1971, collection of Walter C. Baker, New York; acquired in 1972, bequest of W. C. Baker.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 52, p. 10, pl. 15, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

Weinberg, Saul S. 1951. "Neolithic Figurines and Aegean Interrelations." American Journal of Archaeology, 55(2): pp. 125, 126, 128.

Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. 1954. Ancient art in American private collections. A loan exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, December 28, 1954-February 15, 1955. no. 127, pl. 35, Cambridge, Mass: Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 86, p. 19, pls. 26-27, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mellink, Matcheld J. and Jan Filip. 1974. Frühe Stufen der Kunst. nos. 156-7, p. 221, Berlin: Propylaen-Verlag.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. cat. no. 1, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 1, p. 45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1985. Early Cycladic Sculpture: An Introduction. p. 29, fig. 9, Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1987. Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections. cat. no. 1, p. 126, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Mertens, Joan R. 1998. "Some Long Thoughts on Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33: pp. 8-9, fig. 2.

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. p. 17, fig. g, New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 1, pp. 29, 409, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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