This head of a cycladic marble idol, found in the small island of Kéros, in the heart of the Cyclades, is currently preserved in the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre Museum.
The original belonged undoubtedly to a statuette of a naked woman, with her arms crossed under her breasts, in a slightly arched position, with her head slightly bent backwards; this is at least the way most of the statuettes belonging to the same group, i. e. to "the art of the ancient Specialos" which corresponds to the civilization of the "Ancient Cycladic II", situated around the middle of the 3rd millennium.
This series is characterized, in particular with regard to the heads, by an almost oval shape in which the only projection of the nose is marked, while the bodies, by the force of things, escape more abstraction and present features of realism a little more marked.
The statuettes of this kind are found in quite a large number in the cycladic tombs of these remote times of the Bronze Age; rather than "idols", as it was believed for a long time, they perhaps symbolize the dead or his companion.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 33 cm.
Width: 15 cm.
Depth: 10 cm.
Weight: 4.9 kg
Origin: Isle of Kéros, south of Naxos, model figure of Spédos
Period: 2500-2000 BC, Cycladic style, ancient II, Syros group
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum