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Schematic human figure, spade type

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This figurine consists of a scarcely tapered neck, without a distinguishable head, joined to a spade-shaped body. Below the shoulders, which slope into small protruding points, the concave sides curve into a slightly rounded bottom. It has no remaining indications of anatomy, though there may...

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Provenance

Said to have been found near Marathon with MFA 1972.866-868; 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. 002; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width: 15.6 x 5.7 cm (6 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1972.869

Medium or Technique

Marble, mainland?

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture