Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type

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Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type


Attributed to the Schuster Master (Cycladic, active about 2400 B.C.)




Cyclades, Greece (Place created)


about 2400 B.C.




40.6 × 13.2 × 5 cm (16 × 5 3/16 × 1 15/16 in.)

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This female figure with crossed arms is typical of the sculpture of the Cyclades in the mid-2000s B.C. Scholars have divided Cycladic sculpture into groups or types indicating stylistic and chronological developments. This nearly complete figure features stylistic traits of both the Spedos and Dokathismata types, such as the exaggerated curve of the top of the head, the deep groove between the legs, and the prominent aquiline nose. The slightly swollen belly of this figure may indicate pregnancy. As preserved today, most Cycladic figures appear almost minimalist, but their original effect--with painted facial features, hair, and occasionally jewelry--was quite different. On this figure, only traces of red paint remain on the forehead.

by 1989 - 1990

Robin Symes, Limited (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1990.

Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C. (April 4 to June 30, 2002)
  • Onassis Cultural Center (New York), April 4 to June 30, 2002
Prehistoric Arts of the Eastern Mediterranean (February 11, 2003 to May 4, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 11 to May 4, 2003

"Acquisitions/1990." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 19 (1991), p. 138, no. 14.

Birge, D. "Field Notes." Archeological News 17, nos. 1-4 (1992), p. 41.

Theodorou, J. "Cycladic Art at the Getty." The Greek American (July 25, 1992), ill. p. 8.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar (Winter 1991/1992), under "Bronze Age Sculptiure" ill.

Getz-Gentle, Pat. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture (Madison: 2001), pp. 98-99; p. 168, checklist #15; pls. 82c, 83c, 85c1.

Doumas, Christos G. Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C., exh. cat. Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), April 9-June 15, 2002 (New York: Onassis Foundation, 2002), p. 87, no. 33.