The statuette represents a female nude standing on the tip of her toes with her arms crossed over her chest.
It reproduces a marble original from Naxos, one of the Cycladic islands. This figure is a typical example of the artistic production of these islands during the early Bronze Age.
Due to their geographical situation between Anatolia and the Greek continent, the Cyclades ensured the diffusion of technical innovations from one region to another and experienced a great period of flourishment in the arts.
Contrary to the naturalistic style developed during the Neolithic age, they created a geometrical art whose marble idols are undoubtedly seen today as the most highly achieved forms, where abstraction, harmony of proportions and purity of volume and line rule.
This flat and angular figurine belongs to the Chalandriani type (site of Syros), probably a later offshoot of the Keros- Syros culture (2700-2300BC). It’s head and general shape form a triangle where only the nose and breasts are modelled; the arms and legs are indicated only be simple incision.
The study of the marble idols has identified the workshops and even some master “hands”. Their meaning however remains enigmatic: different hypotheses have been advanced and rejected – images of the mother – goddess, protector of the dead, effigy of the deceased. These statuettes were probably not strictly made for funerary use since all were not found in tombs. Indeed some bare traces of antique restoration, suggesting a prolonged use.