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Marble female figure

Early Cycladic II
2300–2200 B.C.
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The remains of an ancient repair are of special interest. The head had broken from the long thin neck. A channel was cut into the sides of the neck and the head and then filled with lead. This technique was an established means of joining pieces in the first millennium B.C. The repair thus may be contemporary with the piece or date from more than one thousand years later.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1979. "Notable Acquisitions, 1975-1979." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, : p. 13.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1981. "Risk and Repair in Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 16: no. 21, pp. 7-9, 19-21, 25-26, 29-30, figs. 2, 45-49.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 1987. Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections. cat. no. 67, pp. 224-5, pl. 67 a-c, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Gilikson, Patricia A. 1994. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1993-1994." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 52(2): no. 21, pp. 7-9, 19-21, figs. 2, 45-49.

Mertens, Joan R. 1998. "Some Long Thoughts on Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33: pp. 11-2, fig. 9.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. 2001. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture. p. 180, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 3, pp. 30, 409, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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