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The Stargazer – Statuette of a Woman

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The Stargazer – Statuette of a Woman

This 5,000-year-old marble sculpture of a female figure is commonly known as “Stargazer” because her eyes are looking upward to the stars above. Created in translucent marble, this is a rare piece, her head is sculptured entirely in the round, while her body is reduced to a simple yet elegant profile. The nose is depicted as a slight ridge on a straight-line edge.  The head tilted backwards, the eyes are tiny dots raised in relief.

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The Stargazer is similar to the  Cycladic Art which flourished in the islands of the Aegean Sea, however, this ancient masterpiece is was found in Western Anatolia. Western Anatolia, was one of the significant crossroads of ancient civilisations. Geographically it is a broad peninsula that lies between the Black and Mediterranean seas. Called Asia Minor or Lesser Asia by the Romans, the land today is part of modern Turkey.

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Created in the Early Bronze Age, the purpose of this masterpiece is not known. All we can do is speculate on the creative and spiritual forces that created this beautiful and mystical figure that symbolises our search for the divine.

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The Stargazer – Statuette of a Woman

  • Title:                         The Stargazer (Statuette of a Woman)
  • Date:                         c. 3000 BC
  • Period:                     Early Bronze Age
  • Find site:                  Western Anatolia
  • Medium:                  Marble
  • Dimensions             17.2 x 6.5 x 6.3 cm (6 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 7/16 in)
  • Museum:                 Cleveland Museum of Art

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““I declare,
that later on,
Even in an age unlike our own,
Someone will remember who we are.”
Sappho

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