Cycladic Greek Marble Idol Torso
An ancient Cycladic Greek marble female idol torso with contoured abstract anatomical features and crossed arms; attributed to the Goulandris sculptor.
Late Spedos Type,
The role and meaning of these figures in Cycladic culture is not known. While they have been found almost exclusively in graves, it is not clear whether they were made specifically for burials. The Spedos type, named after an Early Cycladic cemetery on Naxos, was widely distributed throughout the Cyclades and beyond.
cf.: for a similar example, P. Getz-Preziosi, Sculptors of the Cyclades (1987), pl. 34.6. For an analysis of the Goulandris Sculptor's work, see P. Getz-Gentle, Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture (2013), pp. 84-93, pls. 71-76.
Formerly in a Swiss private collection.