This Cycladic head of an idol, sculpted in marble, was found in the small island of Keros, in the heart of the Cyclades, and is now in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre.
The original probably belonged to a statuette of a naked woman, arms crossed under her breasts, in a slightly arched position, the head tilted backwards a little. This is the typical style of most of the statuettes belonging to the same group, in other words, "the art of old Spedos", corresponding to the Ancient Cycladic II civilization which flourished around the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C..
This series is characterized by an almost oval head with only the nose carved in relief, while the body, by its very nature, is treated more realistically and is therefore less abstract. A fairly large number of statuettes of this type have been found in Cycladic tombs of the Early Bronze Age. Rather than being "idols", as it was believed for a long time, they probably represent the deceased or his companion.
The base of this item has changed in fall 2018, the picture shows the new model, but it remains exceptionally possible that older versions are included in your order
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
- H. 33 L. 15 P. 10 cm
H. 13.0" W. 5.9" D. 3.9" - 10.8 lbs
- Ile de Kéros, au sud de Naxos, Don Rayet (1872), figurine-type de Spédos
- Material of the original
- 2500-2000 B.C., cycladic style, ancient II, Syros group
- Paris - Musée du Louvre
- Cyclades, Greece
- Art movement
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities