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  • Steatopygous female figure, ca. 4500–4000 b.c.; Final Neolithic
    Cycladic
    Marble; H. 8 5/16 in. (21.5 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.104)

    This figure, now missing its head, is a masterful example of a rare type known as steatopygous, characterized by a fleshy abdomen and massive thighs and buttocks, all undoubtedly indicative of nourishment and fertility. In contrast, the figure's upper torso is flat in profile with the arms typically framing V-shaped, pendant breasts. The corpulent, markedly stylized, thighs taper to diminutive, stumplike feet. Incised lines articulate folds of flesh in the groin and at the knee joints in the front and back.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Anonymous , Perfection

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  • Steatopygous female figure, ca. 4500–4000 B.C.; Final Neolithic
    Cycladic
    Marble; H. 8 5/16 in. (21.5 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.104)

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