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TITLE: Cult statue of a Goddess.
PERIOD: 4th century B.C.
MATERIAL: White marble.
DIMENSIONS: 92 centimetres height. 567 kg of weight.
PRICE: Avaiable on request.
PROVENANCE: Swiss private collection, 1960’s. Provided of art loss register certificate and cultural export license.
CONDITIONS: Overall good condition, missing the arms, feet and head witch where separately made and joined together in antiquity. The statue is repaired from two original fragments.
The female figure is showed sitting on a throne with rectangular pillows on each side, her left leg appears slightly more advanced than the right one, breaking the static posture of the goddess.
She wears a dressing composed on an inner dress, a belted chiton with a ribbon tied beneath her breasts and proceeds until her feet. On her shoulders and crossing over his lap until her legs there is a himation, which most likely also covered her head. Above her breasts has a very slight crease garment, which could be a mantle, this piece of cloth is atypical in the representations of women in the sculpture of the period.
The figure originally consisted of several blocks of marble, probably from different types or with different polished surfaces of the marble, so the head, hands and feet of the figure in origin where assembled together with the body by metals and adhesives. These extremities are not preserved today with the body, leaving only the smoothed areas, holes and cavities where they once joined. The back side of the sculpture is rought-cut marble block without details.
The original function of this statue was to preside a center of worship or healing sanctuary, probably dedicated to Demeter or Cybele. Parallel of this statue is the Demeter of Knidos (British Museum) or the statue of Cybele preserved in the Museum of Piraeus in Athens.
- KALTSAS, Nikolaos. Sculpture in the National Archeological Museum, Athens. Kapon editions 2002.
- RICHTER, Gisela M. A Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, no. 67, pp. 44-45, pl. 55b.1954.
- AA.VV. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, 1981–1999.