Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type

Attributed to the Steiner Master2500 - 2400 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Reclining with her arms crossed, this female figure is typical of the sculpture of the Cyclades in the mid-2000s B.C. Scholars have divided Cycladic sculpture into groups or types indicating stylistic and chronological developments. Named for a cemetery on the island of Naxos, the Spedos type was the most common of Cycladic figures: a slender elongated female with folded arms characterized by a U-shaped head and a deeply incised, but not cut-through, cleft between the legs. The figure's relaxed, slanting feet indicate her reclining position. This late example of a Spedos figure shows the further characteristic trait of a straight profile with little bend in the knees. This piece is unusually large and finely carved for a late Spedos figure.

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  • Title: Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type
  • Creator: Attributed to the Steiner Master
  • Date: 2500 - 2400 B.C.
  • Location Created: Cyclades, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 59.9 cm (23 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Female figure
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.AA.80
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 217, Neolithic and Bronze Age Arts
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Cycladic
  • Classification: Sculpture


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