About This Artwork

Cycladic; probably from the island of Keros

Statuette of a Female Figure, Early Bronze Age, 2600/2400 BC

39.9 x 11.6 x 4.9 cm (15 11/16 x 4 9/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund, 1978.115

Cycladic sculpture is characterized by the abstract treatment of the human form. The vast majority of the white marble statuettes depict pregnant females, suggesting an association with fertility or regenerative forces. Although they are admired today for their stark simplicity, these statuettes once had hair, eyes, jewelry, or other ornaments added in red, blue, and black pigment, which has since faded.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

11/9/1987-9/25/1988 - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, for exhibition: Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections. At Richmond from 11/10/87-1/10/88; at Kimball 3/5/88-5/15/88; at San Franciso 6/25/88-9/25/88.

Katonah Museum of Art, "Ancient Art of the Cyclades" Guest Curated by Pat Getz-Gentle, 10/1/2006 - 12/31/2006

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, McKinlock Court, gallery 155, April 20, 1994 - October 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006 - February 6, 2012.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151, November 11, 2012 - present.

Publication History

Karen B. Alexander, "From Plaster to Stone: Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago," in Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Karen Manchester (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2012), p. 39.

Pat Getz-Gentle, Ancient Art of the Cyclades; Katonah Museum of Art (October 1st-December 31st, 2006), p. 31 (ill.).

Karen Alexander, "The New Galleries of Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago," Minerva (May/June, 1994), vol. 5, no. 3, p. 30, fig. 4.

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