Female figurine

Female figurine
Amorgos (Greece)
Neolithic period, 4th millenium BCE
Marble ; H. 18,5 cm
Inv. A.3029
 

In Greece, Neolithic developed first on the mainland. The Aegean islands like Amorgos, which served as stops on the route between Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor, were gradually settled at the end of this period. In all these regions, representations of the human figure have been found whose meaning may be related to fertility, as suggested by the discovery of some examples in domestic spaces where grain was stored or processed.

Despite the absence of metal tools, some of the figures are carved in marble. The large belly, arms folded across the chest and simplified head with a prominent nose are common to many figurines, but the postition of the crossed legs here is unusual. This exceptional statue is characterized by careful modelling; a concern for such details as fingers, knees and toes; and harmoniously balanced forms.

 

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