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Cycladic Marble Leg of an Idol
New York | Idols
 
Date:  3500 BC - 2500 BC
Culture:  Cycladic
Category:  Idols
Medium:  Stone
Dimension: H: 11.6 cm
Price: $12,000.00
Provenance: Ex- N. Koutoulakis collection, acquired in 1968; Ex- P.G-G. private collection ||Exhibited|| "Art and Culture of the Cyclades", Germany, 1976; "Zervos et l’art des Cyclades" exhibition, Musée Zervos, Vézelay, 24 juin-14 novembre 2011 ||Published|| Thimme, J., Art and Culture of the Cyclades, Germany, 1977, no. 211; Caubet, A., & Getz-Gentle, P., & Pasquier, A., Zervos et l’art des Cyclades, Musée Zervos, Vézelay, 2011, no. 49a
Serial No: 25867

Circa 2600 - 2500 B.C.
The corpus of the Cycladic marble idols includes complete figures, heads, bodies and several fragments, most of them composed as a reclining folded-arm female figure. To classify this material within the chronological periods and the geographical areas of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, scholars have divided the Early Bronze Age into the Early Cycladic I and the Early Cycladic II. Five varieties are recognized for the phase II (also called as classical period of Cycladic art); their names are given after the sites where representative examples have been found: the Kapsala, Early Spedos and Late Spedos on the island of Naxos, Dokathismata, and Chalandriani.

Typologically, this is a beautiful fragment of a canonical folded-arm figure. It belongs to the Late Spedos variety, which represents the highest level of prehistoric Cycladic sculpture, towards the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C. The Spedos variety is the most numerous and most complicated for further attribution as it continues with a wide diversity in size and style. In general, the incision work became a very important feature of the body modeling, especially for the making of anatomical transitions. In some cases red and blue pigments were employed to indicate the details. The present piece is the left leg preserving the strip which once joined the feet at the ankles, the leg was otherwise cut separately from another leg to above the knee.