Depictions Of Women In Developing Cultures

A collection of multiple works showing the differentiating portrayals of women in ever-changing cultures throughout the ages. 

This figurine from the Chalcolithic period in the Cyprus culture is from the prehistoric times. It is one of the oldest and simplest depiction of a woman. It represents rebirth and is used to decorate burials. Some have suggested it was also used as part of rituals or a type of charm. Artists during this time are not interested in depicting a realistic woman. Instead they focus on what it represents and what it means to the civilization. Even in prehistoric times, women had a vital impact on society and it is further seen as cultures rise and develop.
This Oil Jar with a Woman at her Toilette from the Attic Period of the Greek Culture is in display at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The lekythos depicts a woman, presumed to be a prostitute, looking at herself in a mirror while at the toilette. It demonstrates that female divinity can be seen not just in majestic sculptures of Goddesses but also as simple oil jars of low life women such as whores.
The Clay figurine of Aphrodite from the National Museum in Berlin (2nd century BCE) is set to be from Myrina in Asia Minor. It’s a figurine made from clay, and approximately 37.6cm in height. The sculpture Originated from the Greek culture from the Hellenistic period.
The Durga Mahishasuramardini is a Phyllite sculpture dating from the twelfth century. Durga is presented with eight arms holding eight symbolic objects that relate to the battle of the mighty buffalo.
This piece comes from a society of women in Sub-saharan Africa, called the Sande. The mask was exclusively worn by women and was created in a way that celebrates femininity and woman-hood.
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