Neolithic standing figurine

Unknown6th–5th millennium B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The minimal amount of detail preserved on this abstract human form includes short arms pinched from the sides, and a horizontal projection believed to be the breasts. With so little information to go on, it might be difficult to understand how scholars can be confident this is a female figure. But male figures from the Neolithic era are rarer, and this figure lacks the clearly articulated genitals with which those male figures are typically defined.


  • Title: Neolithic standing figurine
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 6th–5th millennium B.C.
  • Location Created: Thessaly?, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 6.4 × 3.8 × 2.4 cm (2 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 15/16 in.)
  • Type: Female figure
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 95.AD.4.5
  • Culture: Greek (Neolithic)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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