Traces of red pigment have been revealed by ultraviolet-reflected imaging and enhanced digital imagery of this figure. The paint describes a variety of almond shapes—some are clearly eyes—all over the face as well as on the back of the head and the upper right thigh. These surprisingly bold designs might represent body paint or tattoos, applied either to a living person or to a corpse as part of a burial ritual.
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Proportion drawing illustrating painted designs preserved on the figure, by Elizabeth Hendrix
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Title:Marble female figure
Artist:Attributed to the Bastis Master
Period:Early Cycladic II
Dimensions:H. 24 3/4 in. (62.79 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1968
“Said to be from Paros, but more likely to be from Naxos” (Preziosi in Antiquities from the collection of Christos G. Bastis, 1987, p. 121)
[Until 1947, with Nicolas Koutoulakis, Paris]; 1947, purchased by Christos G. Bastis from Nicolas Koutoulakis; acquired in 1968, gift of Christos G. Bastis.
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von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1975. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1965/1975: p. 114.
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. no. 166, pp. 465–66, Karlsruhe: Müller.
Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. 1977. Art and Culture of the Cyclades in the Third Millennium B.C., Brinna Otto and Jürgen Thimme, eds. no. 166
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 15, pp. 58–59, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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. no. B, pp. 316–17, figs. B1-B4, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. p. 7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1987. Sculptors of the Cyclades: Individual and Tradition in the Third Millennium B.C.. pp. 108–12, 162, fig. 46c, 47b, d, pls. 38, 39, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Hendrix, Elizabeth. 1997. "Painted Ladies of the Early Bronze Age." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 55(3): pp. 11–15, figs. 13–16.
Mertens, Joan R. 1998. "Some Long Thoughts on Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33: pp. 10–1, fig. 7.
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Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 2001. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture. p. 177, pls. 77c, 78c, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
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. 16, fig. f, New York: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2017. The Artist Project : What Artists See When They Look at Art. pp. 202–3, New York.
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