Art History 11 3:00pm-5:50pm, Prof. Choi
November 10, 2014
Standing female figure wearing a strap and a necklace
Period: Early–Middle Bronze Age
Date: 3rd–2nd millennium B.C.
Geography: Southwestern Arabia
Medium: Sandstone, quartzite
Dimensions: H. 27 cm, W. 14.3 cm, D. 14.3 cm
Credit Line: Purchase, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Rogers Funds, and The Tokyo Shimbun and Friends of Inanna Gifts, 1998 Accession Number: 1998.380
This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 401
This artwork interested me, because of the way they used to sculpture a female figure, fat and a clearly indicated pubic triangle. Her big body is contained within a quadrangular space. The legs look half cut-off, but the hands and fingers, are indicated by incisions and she’s wears a strap across her body and a necklace. I would like to write more specifically about this artwork and find out why they used to sculpture the female body like this.
This sculpture is one of a group of statues associated with the South Arabian Bronze Age. It comes at the beginning of a figural tradition characterized by extreme simplification and symbolic strength. Represented is a standing female with a role of fat and deep groove emphasizing the belly and a clearly indicated pubic triangle. Her massive body is contained within a quadrangular space. The legs look truncated but the toes, like the hands and fingers, are indicated by incisions. She wears a strap across her body and a necklace. Subject and style invite comparison with Near Eastern and Aegean Neolithic statuary and with much later South Arabian statuary of the second century B.C. In early Anatolia and Greece as in late Paleolithic Europe nude females were dynamic, with curved, exaggerated breasts, belly, and buttocks. By contrast, the frontal, profile, and back planes of the South Arabian...
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