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Steatopygous Idol From Thessaly 6000-5000 B.C. / Ειδώλιο από την Θεσσαλία του 6000-5000 π.Χ.

Artifacts
Figurines, statues ect. / Eιδώλια, αγάλματα κ.α

Terracotta
H: 13.7 cm
From Thessaly (between Volos and Lamia) - found in a well
Early Neolithic
6th millennium B.C.

Modelled with the help of a spatula-type instrument.

Condition: greyish green clay with faint traces of white clay slip with various discolourations due to exposure; whether the black discolouration was caused by fire or not is uncertain. Slight chippings to the top of the head, front of the right foot and damage to the front of the left thigh.

Very carefully executed; note such details as the fleshy folds on her back and her right hand resting on top of her stomach, whereas the left hand appears to be drawing attention to
her bosom.


The space between the legs is fairly uncommon, as is the representation of painted locks visible on the left side of her face and neck.

Her extraordinary presence testifies to her being a representation of a goddess.

Exhibited and Published:
Meisterwerke griechischer Kunst, cat. no. I 1, p. 110 ill.
Kunst der Kykladen, cat. no. 11, pp. 421, 214 ill.

Mentioned:
Buchholz, H.G., Karageorghis, V.: Altägäis und Altkypros (Tübingen, 1971), pp. 95-96.

Eιδώλιo από την Θεσσαλία (ανάμεσα στον Βόλο και την Λαμία) του  6000-5000 π.Χ.

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