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    Marble figure of a woman - close to the Chalandriani type.
    A flat slab broad and square-cut at the shoulders, tapering to the ankles. The feet are marked by side projections, corrugated on the front edge to show the toes. The breasts are very small; the upper arms are separated from the body. The right forearm lies across the front in the usual position; the left forearm is bent upwards at an angle almost touching the left breast. The fingers are indicated by scratches. Grooves mark off the legs and the vulva triangle, which is pitted to represent the pubic hair. The back is absolutely flat save for the groove between the legs. This is the most schematised example of the flat technique, but some of the details are advanced.


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    • 2400BC-2200BC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 23.6 centimetres
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    • Sculpture A14 bibliographic details
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    The head is missing.

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Marble figure of a woman - close to the Chalandriani type, but with dotting of the pubic area and unusual position of the left arm.

Marble figure of a woman - close to the Chalandriani type, but with dotting of the pubic area and unusual position of the left arm.

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