Marble female figure

Attributed to the Bastis Master

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

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.

Marble female figure, Attributed to the Bastis Master, Marble, Cycladic

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