Female Figure of the Precanonical type

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Female Figure of the Precanonical type






Cyclades, Greece (Place created)


2800 - 2700 B.C.




28.5 × 6.4 × 3 cm (11 1/4 × 2 1/2 × 1 3/16 in.)

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The Precanonical type of Cycladic figure implies a transitional phase in the development of this kind of sculpture, between the earlier standing Plastiras type with hands just meeting on the torso and the later reclining Kapsala and Spedos types with completely folded arms. On this example, the figure is still standing and the arms are only partially folded. The sculptor was still quite interested in naturalistic details. He sculpted the nose, arms, navel, and knees in relief but indicated the eyes, brows, and ears with only shallow lines.

- 1972

Dr. Fred Bromberg


and Virginia M. Bromberg (Bay Shore, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections (November 9, 1987 to September 25, 1988)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond), November 9, 1987 to January 10, 1988
  • Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth), February 13 to May 15, 1988
  • M.H. De Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco), June 25 to September 25, 1988
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

Frel, Jiří. Antiquities in the J. Paul Getty Museum: A Checklist; Sculpture II: Greek Portraits and Varia (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, November 1979), p. 15, no. V5.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. Early Cycladic Sculpture (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985), pl. II b.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections. Exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Virginia: 1987), pp. 146-47, no. 17 (joined to 77.AA.24).

Theodorou, J. "Cycladic Art at the Getty." The Greek American (July 25, 1992), ill. p. 9.

Getz-Preziosi, Pat. Early Cycladic Sculpture. Rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), color pl. II b.

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. 74, no. 20.