Greece, Cycladic (final Neolithic) period, ca. 2600 to 2300 BCE. A collection of four stone leg fragments, each showing the area around the knee, each carved from semi-translucent marble and polished to a smooth finish. Comes with custom stand. Size of largest leg fragment: 0.95" W x 2" H (2.4 cm x 5.1 cm); size on stand: 2" L x 4" W x 3.25" H (5.1 cm x 10.2 cm x 8.3 cm)
Cycladic figures from this period are generally tall, thin, female figures, who are mostly found in graves, but legs like these probably came from males - female legs were almost always posed tightly together rather than separated as these are. These legs look like those from the famous "Harp Player" figures, like the one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (47.100.1). The figures seem to have been produced for a long time, in various sizes, with abstract features. Modern artists like Picasso and Modigliani fell in love with these figures, and their simplicity makes this easy to understand. However, the pristine, abstract form that we see today does not reflect the sculptures that these ancient Greeks actually produced - they would have been brightly painted to give them features like eyes and mouths.
Provenance: Ex-Private East Coast, USA Collection
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