Cycladic Venus - type of Dokathismata
This elegant figurine, representative of the "Dokathismata variety", named after a cemetery in Amorgos, is one of the masterpieces of Cycladic marble sculpture.
The strict geometric structure, harmonious proportions and abstract quality embody the characteristic features that have made Cycladic art a source of inspiration for artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani, Archipenko, Giacometti, Moore and Hepworth, and one of the most distinctive forms of Western artistic expression.
Figurines of this type are between 13 and 76 cm high and are almost exclusively female, with characteristic flat surfaces, a triangular head, broad angular shoulders, almost straight legs, a small pubic triangle and a generally triangular outline. The slightly swollen abdomen and the curved arm in the example shown have been considered in the past to reflect a state of pregnancy - a view disputed by many researchers.
This particular variety of Cycladic figurine seems to emphasise female attributes which are directly associated with fertility, reproduction and motherhood (breasts, pubis).
Height: 42 cm.
Width: 12.5 cm.
Depth: 6 cm.
Culture: Cycladic art (around 4200 to 3900 years BP).
Place of discovery: Senorbì (Sardinia).
Conservation: Museum of Cagliari.
Made of acrylic resin enriched with marble powder to restore the appearance of the original model. Integrated base in acrylic resin.
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope", year 2014".