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Cycladic figurine

The human form is here reduced to a few key components: head, neck, arms, legs, torso. The position of the feet suggests the figure was designed to lie down rather than stand upright, as displayed today. What were such figurines for? Most of them are female, suggesting a connection with fertility. Many, but not all of them, are found in graves. Like later marble sculpture, some preserve faint traces of the bright colours with which they were originally painted.