#Cycladic #Torso of an “Idol” ;Cycladic, Early Cycladic II, ca. 2600-2500 B.C. : H: 20.7 cm (8.1 in)
Surface cleaned with minor remains of soil deposits; an ancient scratch on the chest. Ex- Galerie Serodine, Ascona, Switzerland, early 1970’s; Ex- V. K. collection, Germany and #Switzerland, collectedl
The statuette, with slightly protruding breasts and lines of the #pubic triangle emphasizing her #femininity, belongs to the group of Cycladic “#idols” usually represented nude and standing upright, legs slightly bent, arms clasped on the belly, the head tilted backwards, and the face (on which the nose only is sculpted) featuring a regular, oval shape. This piece, although fragmented, is especially attractive thanks to its artistic qualities. It demonstrates a very delicate manner of carving and a fine sense of stone itself: one cannot miss how beautifully the natural veins of marble suit the shape of the human body.
The elegant and smooth proportions are also emphasized by thin linear incisions or by slightly roundedvolumes, which express other anatomical details: base of the neck, spine, lower buttocks, and fingers. The deep notch between the legs shows a thin, elongated opening between the thighs. Typologically, this is a beautiful example of a canonical FAF (Folded-Arms Figure) statuette. It belongs to the so-called Early “#Spedos” variety, which represents the highest level of #prehistoric Cycladic sculpture, towards the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C.