Greek; Cycladic / Idol, Folded-Arm Form / c. 2700-2100 B.C.Greek; Cycladic
Idol, Folded-Arm Form
c. 2700-2100 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Greek; Cycladic
Creator Name-CRT: Greek; Cycladic
Title: Idol, Folded-Arm Form
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -270
Creation End Date: -210
Creation Date: c. 2700-2100 B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Marble, Dokasthismata variety?
Dimensions: Overall: 10 15/16 x 3 7/8 x 13/16 in. (27.79 x 9.86 x 2.06 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: Dallas Museum of Art
Owner Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
ID Number: 1982.292.FA
Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Marcus Collection of Fertility Figures
Context: The silver and copper ex-voto in the form of a leaf or feather is one of three similar pieces found together in Tunisia. The group once belonged to Norbert Schimmel, and one piece is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The thin hammered silver sheet accented by raised diagonal ribs is ornamented by an enthroned male figure wearing a himation and holding a scepter in his raised left hand. Possibly he is extending a "phiale" (offering cup) in his right hand. The beard and pose of the figure suggest a powerful deity like Jupiter (Greek Zeus), Serapis or Pluto (Greek Hades). The figure at his left seems to be a dog, which would indicate that the figure is Pluto, the brother of Jupiter and lord of the underworld, accompanied by his dog, Cerberus. The figure is worked in repoussé. These funerary plaques seem to have been nailed to votive offerings to commemorate a departed relative. There are four holes for attaching the piece, one at the top and three across the bottom."Gods, Men, and Heroes," page 105
AMICA ID: DMA_.1982.292.FA
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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