A PAIR OF CYCLADIC MARBLE LEGS, EARLY BRONZE AGE II, SPEDOS VARIETY, CIRCA 2700-2300 B.C.

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A PAIR OF CYCLADIC MARBLE LEGS, EARLY BRONZE AGE II, SPEDOS VARIETY, CIRCA 2700-2300 B.C.

Height 17.5 cm; 6 7/8 in

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PROVENANCE
Michael Waltz (1938-2011), Munich, probably acquired in the late 1960s or before
Gorny and Mosch, Munich, Auktion 202, December 14th, 2011, no. 7

CATALOGUE NOTE
Marble figures of the human body created in the Cycladic islands of Greece during the third millennium B.C. are among the most resonant sculptural types from the ancient world in their appeal to contemporary audiences. Cycladic sculptors chose to treat the human form schematically, by paring the body down to its most basic geometries. This abstracted treatment appealed to and inspired great modern artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. While the function of these mysterious figures remains unknown, the majority of the Cycladic figures in existence are thought to have been female, given that they bear incised pubic triangles and articulated breasts. As such, modern scholars surmise they may have been central to fertility rituals. For an example of a right leg at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, similar to the pair featured here, see https://cycladic.gr/en/exhibit/et0023-dexi-skelos-idoliou-parallagis-spedou?cat=kikladiki-techni . For an example of a full Cycladic figure of Spedos variety, see https://cycladic.gr/en/exhibit/ng0724-ginaikio-agalma-parallagis-spedou .

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