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Schematic human figure, spade type

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The long, tapering neck, which has no separately described head, joins a basically rectangular body with slightly sloping shoulders, concave sides, and a rounded bottom. Although the neck tilts back from one of the flat sides, there are no incised or plastically rendered indications of anatomy...

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Said to have been found near Marathon with MFA 1972.866, 867, 869; by the 1940s, with Nikolas Koutoulakis; by 1971: sold by Mr. Koutoulakis in Geneva to Robin Symes, 3 Ormond Yard, York Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1 (R. Symes, Ancient Art, June 1971, under no. 11, illus.); purchased by MFA from Robin Symes, September 13, 1972

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Early Aegean, Cycladic, Bronze Age, Early Cycladic Period, about 2600–2000 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 001; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references).


Height x width: 19 x 6.9 cm (7 1/2 x 2 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, mainland?


The Ancient World