Marble female figure


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150

Neolithic figures are predominately female, but their poses and anatomy vary widely. This statuette, with its voluminous lower body, represents a type undoubtedly associated with fertility and reproduction, a central concern in ancient Mediterranean cultures. Very little is known about the meaning and function of these objects. Similar figures in both stone and clay have been found in burials, settlements, and religious contexts throughout Greece, where they likely served multiple purposes.

#1000. Marble Female Figure

Marble female figure, Marble, Cycladic

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