Open Content images tend to be large in file-size. It is uncertain whether such generic images depict human beings or deities, but the nude female figures are probably linked with fertility and the life cycle, a central spiritual concern in the ancient Mediterranean. Like the vast majority of Cycladic figurines, it clearly shows a female. ), 40.6 × 13.2 × 5 cm (16 × 5 3/16 × 1 15/16 in.). Figurines of this type, from the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, have been found almost exclusively in tombs. Description. Our tall Female figurine of the Spedos variety seems to be gazing upwards, which is a posture not uncommon among Cycladic figurines. Scholars have divided Early Cycladic sculpture into groups or types indicating stylistic and chronological developments. Not on view due to temporary Getty closure, Attributed to the Schuster Master (Cycladic, active about 2400 B.C. Accession Number: 68.148 Schuster Master (Cycladic, active about 2400 B.C.) Hundreds of fragments were found in a sanctuary on the island of Keros, deliberately shattered and ritually discarded. Abstract in form, small breasts and an incised pubic triangle identify the vast majority of Cycladic figures as female. Cycladic figures often had facial features, hair, or jewelry added in paint. The Greek American (July 25, 1992), ill. p. 8. Although they hardly appear voluptuous or especially sexualised to the modern eye, most of the figurines are identifiable as women, indicated typically by the presence of breasts and a pubic triangle. Object Description. The sculptor takes his name from a figure once in the Schuster collection, the only surviving unbroken figure by this artist. This figure with crossed arms is typical of the sculpture of the Cyclades in the mid-2000s B.C. Sculptors living on different islands produced marble figurines in a similar style but with distinctive variations. 14. Images and other media are excluded. The text on this page is licensed under a, All Getty Research Institute Publications, Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter, GCI Reference Collection (for materials analysis), Research Assistance at GCI Information Center, Links to Cultural Heritage Policy Documents, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), Onassis Cultural Center (New York), April 4 to June 30, 2002, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 11 to May 4, 2003. Female Figure. Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), April 9-June 15, 2002 (New York: Onassis Foundation, 2002), p. 87, no. Like all artists at this early period, the Schuster Master's real name is unknown, and he is identified only by the style of his work. Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit. Robin Symes, Limited, founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1990. The name derives from the Greek word for circle, kyklos, as the Ancient Greeks believed they formed a circle around the sacred island of Delos. This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program. The content on this page is available according to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) specifications. To avoid potential data charges from your carrier, we recommend making sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading. Help us improve our records by sharing your corrections or suggestions. Doumas, Christos G. Silent Witnesses: Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C., exh. 1-4 (1992), p. 41. Period: Early Cycladic II. Over a dozen figures have been assigned to him. Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture (Madison: 2001), pp. (62.79 cm) Classification: Stone Sculpture. 40.6 × 13.2 × 5 cm (16 × 5 3/16 × 1 15/16 in.) 98-99; p. 168, checklist #15; pls. This information is published from the Museum's collection database. The Schuster Master also preferred to show his figures with a slightly swelling belly, probably indicating pregnancy. The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar (Winter 1991/1992), under "Bronze Age Sculptiure" ill. Getz-Gentle, Pat. They may have been meant to lie on their backs, as their folded arms suggest repose. Cycladic figures come from a grouping of islands known as the Cyclades located in the Aegean Sea. cat. Most figures cannot stand, as their feet and toes point downward. Birge, D. "Field Notes." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 19 (1991), p. 138, no.