Ancient Greece, Cyclades, Spedos, ca. 2600 to 2400 BCE. A finely-carved marble torso from a Spedos-type idol. The torso presents with broad shoulders, petite breasts above slender folded arms, a lightly convex abdomen, traces of the incised pubic triangle, and one thigh. Deeply incised clefts along the verso delineate the axillae behind the biceps, spinal column, and posterior which bestow an anatomically-defined presentation on an otherwise abstract figure. A beautiful example of anthropomorphic artistry in some of its earliest forms! Size: 1.875" W x 2.25" H (4.8 cm x 5.7 cm); 3" H (7.6 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar example showing the full figure (front and back photos), please see the Yale University Art Gallery, accession number 2008.115.26: https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/127311
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in the 1960s
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This is a fragment of a larger figure, with old losses to head and legs as shown. Repair to lower tip of remaining thigh, with small chips along break line. Light abrasions to obverse and reverse, with softening to shoulder points and other finer details, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and smooth surface texture throughout.