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Large Greek marble draped torso of a woman.
TITLE: Greek marble draped torso of a woman. CULTURE: Greek PERIOD: 4th century BC. MATERIAL: Greek marble DIMENSIONS: 67,3 cm height PRICE: On request PROVENANCE: European private collection, 1960’s. PUBLISHED: Antiquities, christie’s New York, 6 december 2007, lot 12, pages 100 and 101. CONDITIONS: Missing the head and a portion of the left wand. The piece is preserved unrestored and with a nice reddish patina. DESCRIPTION Her body enveloped in a himation, her left arm bent acutely at the elbow with the hand clutching the descending folds of the veil, the right arm folded across her body, the fabric pulled tight over her arm, revealing its form and falling in deep vertical folds below, the folds below the left arm deeply undercut, all of the vertical folds contrasting with the horitzontal folds between her breasts. This bust reflects the originality of funerary art in the Greek world in the late Classical period. Although inspired by attic models, the workshops of Cyrene expressed their difference by transparencies they achieved in the sculpted garments, and with a presentation unusual in Athens. The image of the deceased person was created as a half-statue, cut off at the waist and was placed on or in the tomb, following a well-known tradition in Libya and the Cyclades. The placing of these busts appears to have been usual in Cyrene from the end of the 6th century BC until the late Classical period. Early examples of this type show no face details: only the hair is represented. These aniconic busts appear to correspond to the goddess Persephone, the consort of Hades and goddess of the underworld. The production of these half-statues, placed in the ground as if their lower half were buried below, is a clear reference to the goddesses of the underworld, Demeter, and Kore (better known as Persephone) is suggested by the veil (a characteristic element of the iconography of these goddesses) and the bracelet in the form of a serpent (symbol of tectonic powers). BIBLIOGRAPHY - HAMIAUX, M. Les sculptures grecques I, p. 253, n 271. 2e édition, Paris, 2001. - SERRES – JACQUART, Th. Joseph Vattier de Bourville (1812-1854). Notes sur un explorateur de la Cyrénaïque, p. 414-415. Journal des savants, juillet-décembre 2001, fig. 8, p. 424. - PUGLIESE CARRATELLI, G (ed.).The Western Greeks. p. 441, fig., p. 757, n 416. Palazzo Grassi, 1996. - BESCHI, L. Divinità funararie cirenaiche. Storia delle Ricerche, Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene, p. 281, n 105, fig. 96. N.S. 31.32, 1969-1970. - COLLIGNON, M. Les statues funéraires dans l'art grec, p. 305-306. fig. 194.Paris, 1911. - VATTIER DE BOURVILLE, J. Rapport adressé à M. le Ministre de l'Instruction et des cultes par M. Vattier de Bourville, chargé d'une mission dans la Cyrénaïque", Archives des Missions scientifiques, 2, p. 580-586, pl. 1-2.1851.

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