Schuster Master

  • active about 2400 B.C.
  • Artist
  • Cycladic

Sometime in the period around 2400 B.C., the Schuster Master carved Cycladic marble female figures. Scholars have assigned over a dozen figures to him. All the figures display a head with a broad curving top and a crescent-shaped ridge at the back, a long aquiline nose, and well-defined knees. The Schuster Master also preferred to show his figures with a slightly swelling belly, probably indicating pregnancy.

Like all artists at this early period, the Schuster Master's real name is unknown, and he is identified only by the style of his work. The sculptor takes his name from a figure once in the Schuster collection, the only surviving unbroken figure by this artist.