Statuette of a Woman: "The Stargazer"

c. 3000 BC

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

"The Stargazer" moniker was given to this diminutive marble sculpture because its upturned head looks toward the heavens. Details carved into the stone are visible while painted features have been lost to time. We do not know how this object was used, but its enigmatic nature invites speculation.

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  • Title: Statuette of a Woman: "The Stargazer"
  • Date Created: c. 3000 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 17.2 x 6.5 x 6.3 cm (6 3/4 x 2 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Said to have been found near Kırşehir, Turkey, Nelson Rockefeller, Melba Davis Whatley Greenlee, Austin, Texas, (Harmon Fine Arts Collection, Leonard Norman Stern, New York, NY), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Oh
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1993.165
  • Medium: marble
  • Fun Fact: We can identify this mysterious figure as female by the inscribed pubic triangle below her waist.
  • Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Culture: Early Bronze Age, Western Anatolia?, 3rd Millennium BC
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund; John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Near Eastern Art
  • Accession Number: 1993.165

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