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


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.